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”Peace will not come to Athens (Mankind) until those who are not injured becomes as outraged as those who are injured”
“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”
The two quotations above gives two very crucial, fundamental warnings, that are absolutely essential to take into account when trying to uphold a true Democracy. They are extracted from speeches on the Peloponnesian Wars by the fifth century BC Athenian, historian, philosopher and general, Thucydides.
The first points at the fatal danger of neglecting people who suffer under oppression and tyranny, and the second points out the crucial importance of a police and an army formed by the citizens themselves for the defense of democracy, the citizens and the good of all (instead of a professional police and army who will always be inclined to serve the elite).
Exactly the neglect of human suffering and the professional police forces and armies (that are directed by private interests) are currently provoking a toxic socio-political climate, in which democracy is receiving blow after blow from those who really benefit by its destruction. Justice is sadly to a dangerously high degree in the hands of the same. The Hydra of the biggest banking families and their subservient beneficiaries have come to own most major businesses over the two centuries during which they have secretly and increasingly organised themselves as controllers of governments worldwide and as arbiters of war and peace.
Unless we understand this we will be unable to understand the real reasons for the two world wars and the impending third world war, a war that is almost certain to begin as a consequence of the US attempt to seize and control Central Asia. The only way out is for the US to back off – something the people of the US and the world want, but the elite does not.
International Justice must be ‘forced’, by the western, united public opinion, to take action against the biggest banking families and their ‘bullies’. The west’s citizens need to produce precise, adequate and comprehensive lawsuits against them in both National and International Court’s. It is mainly the western pseudo-democratic governments that has laid International Justice aside for too long and has failed to actually ever implement real Democracy, due to their obligations to these banking families and their subservient beneficiaries. It is these highly treasonous obligations that has made most citizens in the world very angry and some very vindictive, because these obligations has been proven to mean enforced, neo-colonial treaties and agreements, against the good of their own people and countries.
Standing outside Bilderberg-meetings, parliaments, WTO- and G7-summits shouting slogans, informing them that we know who they are and what they are up to, doesn’t even bring sweat to their foreheads anymore. Why would it? They have the security police, the riot police, the national guard, the paramilitary security companies, the armies (private, national and international), mercenary armies and the loosely or fully allied criminal gangs and militias. The elected ‘politicians’, under the advice of their vulture advisers, also make sure to very quickly and basically unnoticed by the general public, vote through the new legislations that are defending the exaggerated use of repressive forces and excessive violence. They need to ensure that the violence they feel that they have to use against their own citizens becomes, ‘legally valid measures’. For the public’s safety and to keep order in the society, they claim, while the country’s Constitution Committee and the Supreme Court ‘has gone fishing’! This, despite the fact that it is the public their “robocops” beat, kick, drag, spray with tear gas and water cannons, shoot rubber bullets on, mass arrest, torture and terrorize – and despite the fact that it is the society itself that has been attacked by its bankers and businessmen with their blessing and permission. This is done through undemocratically and unconstitutionally enforced legislations, sure,.. but sadly enough ‘legally valid’ in the eyes of Justice, until the peoples unite and in organised form invalidates these legislations.
As a matter of fact, the most effective form of organisation against Mammon’s tyranny is called DEMOCRACY, but not in its current crippled, blindfolded, mute, finance-dictated, extorted form. Not in its “vote-every-4-years-and-pay-your-taxes-and-leave-the-rest-to-us-because-we-know-better” form. This form is what brought us to this fragile position in the first place. We have to look for solutions in the very foundations of true Democracy, to understand how we can build the ‘defense lines’ against, plutocracy and tyranny with it. Its original form,.. that ancient pre-Roman, Athenian form, is still the only true foundation for a democratic ‘ordering and organisation of the affairs and the concerns of a state and a human society’. It is the only known form that can really provide collective freedom, individual and social self-determination and a consistent self-defense to a whole people or a nation, thus the only one that can really be called Democracy. THAT FORM IS WHAT TODAY’S PREDATORY, FINANCIAL ELITE DREAD MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS WORLD. They have encountered it a few times in history, and they didn’t like it at all.
It took them over a century and a lot of conspiracies, secrecy, manipulation and infiltration to really recover since the French slapped them in the face with it. And take into account that, that slap as well as the one the American revolution gave their colonizers, was just cuddles in comparison to what a true and mature Democracy really can do, to these self-proclaimed ‘kings’ and ‘emperors’ of mankind. The French and the Americans as well as most others, who has raised a spirit of freedom against tyranny, has not sufficiently implemented the original and most important principles of Democracy, the ones Thucydides warned about. They managed to leave amazingly democratic constitutions to mankind, but failed to also leave the necessary practical safety locks in order to adequately defend its constitutions and its basic democratic principles. The safety locks that among others, Solon, Thucydides and Pericles, in ancient Athens already had identified as absolutely crucial for a true Democracy to be able to protect itself from, and survive, conspiracies of plutocratic, kleptocratic and oligarchic character, in other words tyranny!
In France in the 18th century, the majority of the simple people was illiterate and therefore unaware of the existence of these ancient but still fundamental principles, so they couldn’t demand them from the revolution. This fact enticed even Robespierre himself to become a self proclaimed ‘headmaster’ of the French people and a power-drunk tyrant and his megalomania finally led to the loss of his head,.. literally. In America the revolution had the same problem, plus the fact that those who fought in the War of Independence came from many different backgrounds, culturally and ethnically, so they could be stilled and satisfied with just a few crumbs compared to what a truly informed and united people can achieve.
Today we are in a different situation altogether because today in the west, nearly nobody is illiterate (at least officially), so today we really can demand that all the fundamental principles of democracy shall be restored and protected in a way only the pre-Roman, Greek Democracy, has ever done. The Roman post-Greek form of Democracy on the other hand laid – through a rigid bureaucracy and far too many highly unnecessary and complex laws – the fundamentals for what still pass as Democracy in the world today. Rome, the vulgar, imperialist copycat of the Hellenic culture actually paved the way for plutocratic and kleptocratic conspiracies through the many ‘loop holes’ that Roman law had left open, without any regard of the fundamental Athenian principles and the original central citizens ethos that must be the basics of the Law in a Democracy.
Our worst enemy today, that keep us from uniting, is not illiteracy like in the end of the 18th century, it is the disinformation and the state sanctioned, deceptive propaganda.
To unite doesn’t at all mean that we have to agree on everything, or even that we have to like eachothers political views. It just mean that we have to identify and focus on the real and highly dangerous common threats to all of us and to our house (our individual and social freedom, our country, our natural resources and our constitutions). It means to use reason and logic before passion, to with united forces first eliminate that threat. Because without our house being truly ours, it’s pretty pointless to argue about how to share it among ourselves, which house rules should be applied, or how we best use its resources.
If we await a simultaneous global uprising, we are not using reason and logic, but just silly and childish hope and that will just allow the Ukraine-effect and the Syria-effect to spread globally. To just hope for something in the current situation, really means that one already has given up and is just expecting help to come from somewhere else or someone else. The “help” that comes from “somewhere else” and from “someone else” is today gladly provided by the banking-families mercenary armies and their death-squads and militias, which are led by NATO. With the Ukraine-effect and the Syria-effect, I mean extremists and bloodthirsty, fanatic butchers who are unleashed by exactly these banking-families, to act as “revolutionaries defending their land”, in order to prevent the actual majority of the country’s population to unite and demand real Democracy. This is what awaits all of us unless all pull up their pants, roll up their sleeves and really unite in an adequate way against the tyrants. It is proof of great stupidity or great cowardice, or both, to expect tyrants to save mankind from tyrants. Especially when the only thing one have the balls to do as an alleged political reaction today, is to still participate in their ludicrous left-right charade. Today that is like choosing if one wants to be pushed off the cliff edge with the banking-families right hand or left hand.
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Dr Martin Luther King Jr
So, the answer to the question in the title of this article is simply: Because, the still free people of the world, don’t unite, organise and demand it strongly enough!
Consequently, the most crucial act of resistance today is the united, determined and well-organised act that will force International Justice to react strongly against the global Hydra of Mammon’s looters, occupiers and war-lords,.. and finally hold them to account for their repeated and extremely serious crimes against humanity.
The puppeteers to prison!
The banking-families Hydra is flying high, far too high and its heads are playing gods using Icaros wings, and even now when these wings are scorched and they are constantly losing power (fewer and fewer believe in their fairy tales), they refuse to realize that the wings are only from wax and removable, and that they in fact can not actually fly without them. The Hydra has during long time learned to act as if it is beyond indictment and above the law but it forgets that the sun melts wax.
Blinded by arrogance and pride, they can’t see their fall coming more than Icaros could, and that is the ultimate proof of not only their blindness but also their simplistic minds. Mankind need to, in its social character and its common approach to life, collectively find Daedalus* (Icaros fathers) balance between ‘flying too high and too low’. Balance between greed and need so to say. The balance can not be restored on the collective level, when the disturbances has become norms, if humanity and society itself doesn’t treat its imbalances with relevance and unity. Balance comes with truth, self-observation, knowledge of microcosmos and macrocosmos and the genuine will to respect the natural principles that upholds life. The beginning of such treatment of the imbalance is to accurately and effectively deal with the worst disturbances and its causes. It means to apply strict legal sanctions and to establish independent and constitutionally protected practical, legal safeguards that protects the fundamental democratic principles and the citizens from power abuse.
Humanity must, except demanding very high prison sentences also demand the annexation of all of their fortunes, in order to compensate at least parts of the unmeasurable damages they have caused mankind, as well as the deprivation of all their public functions, social-economic influence and civil rights (exactly as was done in the Athenian dawn of Democracy). They and all their alike, their ‘servants’, their ‘lapdogs’ and ‘hangarounds’ cannot be allowed anymore to have any influence on either the public or the private influential sectors. Humanity and its societies must once and for all mark and set an example by showing that one risk losing everything, just everything, except food, water and shelter, if one pleases to expose whole societies and humanity to a substantial and fatal danger. These penalties are fully in line with the original legal and practical aspects of democracy.
We must united, incessantly and very loudly and officially ask our legal authorities: Why aren’t the top banking families ‘heads of families’, the directors, the chairmen and boards, the executives, the ministers, the agents and the commanders of their corporations, organizations, and institutions, being brought to justice? It stands very clear today, through whole ‘libraries of evidence’, who in fact are putting the whole world and mankind in a very critical position once again.
In the collective conscience of mankind they are seriously accused:
- to have achieved their power and created their wealth through frauds, theft, the manipulation of public wealth, elected officials, whole societies and through crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.
- to intentionally and in a predetermined manner have created very serious problems, waited for the carefully evoked reactions and then presented their own desired solutions.
- to have manipulated markets, governments, courts, nations, societies, police forces, armies and continents through covert military and paramilitary operations, propaganda, extortion, murder, threats and terror.
- to through fraud, lies and deceit deliberately have caused economic crisis, geo-political crisis, wars, civil wars, revolutions, dictatorships and to always have financed both sides in big conflicts so that they wouldn’t end before the desired geo-strategic, political and socioeconomic goals has been achieved.
Over 100 million people died just in the 20th century in wars and armed conflicts, caused, provoked and triggered by them and their governments, corporations, organizations and institutions.
Something essential to keep in mind here is that the Law in a Democracy (the Greek form) is meant to express the common morality and ethos of the people, and not to defend the selfish desires and the crimes of a financial, political or clerical elite (the Roman form). We must therefore loudly ask: When is International Justice going to react in accordance with these, by mankind, widely supported accusations?
Of course this will not happen without a very strong pressure from the peoples. The absolute first thing the western citizens and the democratic forces need to organise around now, is the official demand to their national Supreme Courts, Constitutional Committees and the International Criminal Court, to hold the top criminals from these banking families and their organizations to account for high-treason, crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. What credibility does otherwise people’s democratic struggles really have? If the struggling people doesn’t show also in practice, that they consider these men and women as highly dangerous to human societies and to humanity, why should Justice bother, some might argue?
Apparently, the currently very tired and rather deaf International Justice and its judges and prosecutors must be reminded today what the actual purpose with it was in the first place. It must be ‘told to’ do what it was formed to do, and to not succumb to extortion and threats or expected class obligations. If they can’t resist or avoid such submission, they shouldn’t hold their positions for a minute more, they should step down and leave their places to more courageous and irrepressible “guardians of the law”. Humanity must very strongly demand this now from International Justice by, except the massive citizens law suits, also relocate the large protests outside their headquarters and courts instead of outside parliaments (that really don’t have any particular power today).
International Justice was established primarily to protect peoples, nations and humanity from oppression and tyranny by defending the basic human and civil rights and the peoples rights to resist tyranny and to defend national and international democracy and freedom. Well, it doesn’t! If it did, we would have seen it and felt it over the last four years when mankind in fact has shown more than ever before through massive protests against injustice, dictatorial political decisions and neo-colonial economic solutions, that it want true justice. It would have responded and reacted to the very justified massive reactions and protests against neo-liberal privatizations and the demolition of human and civil rights. Actually they did in fact, but I don’t mean a respond which is first of all police violence and repressive actions and policies against the victims, but a respond with the existing legal tools against the perpetrators.
To defend mankind now means to immediately and through existing International Law and adequate practical mechanisms (their arrests and prosecutions), in a clear and firm way show these banking families and their allies that peoples, nations, cultures cannot be extorted, threatened and terrorized by a few banking families without them being severely and relevantly punished for it. Does these judges and prosecutors exist at all, in any other form than as an endangered species, I wonder, and are we just expecting courage, righteousness and decency from where only cowardice, unrighteousness and indecency exists?
*Daedalos was a craftsman, considered the inventor of carpentry, who built the labyrinth for Minos, king of Crete. Minos imprisoned him and his son Icaros, but they escaped using wings that Daedalos made and fastened with wax. Icaros, however, flew too near the sun and was killed.
This ‘myth-historic’ (mix of mythology and history) story explain Man’s fall into the abyss of egoism and narcissism and Man’s ability to surmount these self-destructive characteristics through balance and moderation.
Introduction: Chaos reigns and spreads as enraged leaders in the US, Europe and their clients and allies pursue genocidal wars. Mercenary wars in Syria; Israel’s terror bombing on Gaza; proxy wars in the Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia.
Tens of millions of refugees flee scenes of total destruction. Nothing is sacred. There are no sanctuaries. homes, schools, hospitals and entire families are targeted for destruction.
Chaos by Design
At the center of chaos, the wild-eyed President Obama strikes blindly, oblivious of the consequences, willing to risk a financial debacle or a nuclear war. He enforces sanctions against Iran; imposes sanctions on Russia; sets up missile bases five launch minutes from Moscow; sends killer drones against Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan; arms mercenaries in Syria; trains and equips Kurds in Iraq and pays for Israel’s savagery against Gaza.
The Chaos President is blind to the fact that starving one’s adversaries does not secure submission: it unites them to resist. Regime change, imposing proxies by force and subterfuge, can destroy the social fabric of complex societies: Million of peasants and workers become uprooted refugees. Popular social movements are replaced by organized criminal gangs and bandit armies.
Central America, the product of decades of US direct and proxy military interventions, which prevented the most basic structural changes, has become a chaotic, unlivable inferno for millions. Tens of thousands of children flee from their ‘free market’- induced mass poverty and militarized state and gangster violence. Children refugees at the US border are arrested in mass, and imprisoned in makeshift detention camps, subject to psychological, physical and sexual abuse by officials and guards on the inside. On the outside, these pitiful children are exposed to the racist hatred of a frightened US public unaware of the dangers these children are escaping and the US government’s role in creating these hells.
The US-backed Kiev aviation authorities re-directed international passenger airlines to fly over war zones bristling with anti-aircraft missiles while Kiev’s jets bombed the rebellious cities and towns. One flight was shot down and nearly 300 civilians perished. Immediately an explosion of accusations from Kiev blaming Russian President Putin flooded Western media with no real facts to explain the tragedy/crime. War-crazy President Obama and the slavering prime ministers of the EU ejaculated ultimatums, threatening to convert Russia into a pariah state. ‘Sanctions, sanctions, everywhere . . . but first… France must complete its $1.5 billion sale to the Russian navy.’ And the City of London exempts the Russian oligarchs from the ‘sanctions’, embedded as they are in London’s money-laundering, parasitical FIRE (Fire, Insurance and Real Estate) economy. The Cold War has returned and has taken an ugly turn… with exceptions…for business.
Confrontation among nuclear powers is imminent: And the maniacal Baltic States and Poland bray the loudest for war with Russia, oblivious to their positions on the front lines of incineration…
Each day Israel’s war machine chews up more bodies of Gaza’s children while spitting out more lies. Cheering Israeli Jews perch on their fortified hills to celebrate each missile strike on the apartments and schools in the densely populated Shejaiya neighborhood of besieged Gaza. A group of orthodox and secular entrepreneurs in Brooklyn have organized group tours to visit the Holy Sites by day and enjoy the Gaza pyrotechnics by night . . . night goggles to view the fleeing mothers and burning children are available at a small extra charge…
Again the US Senate votes unanimously in support of Israel’s latest campaign of mass murder – no crime is depraved enough to ruffle the scruples of America’s leaders. They hew close to a script from the 52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations. Together they embrace a Beast from the Apocalypse gnawing on the flesh and bones of Palestine.
But, Sacre Bleu! France’s Zionists have prevailed on the ‘President-Socialiste’ Hollande. Paris bans all anti-Israel demonstrations despite the clear reports of genocide. Demonstrators supporting the Gazan resistance are gassed and assaulted by special riot police – ‘Socialist’ Hollande serves the demands of powerful Zionist organizations while trashing his country’s republican traditions and its sacred ‘Rights of Man’.
The young protestors of Paris fought back with barricades and paving stones in the finest traditions of the Paris Commune waving the flags of a free Palestine. Not a single ‘red banner’ was in sight: The French ‘left’ were under their beds or off on vacation.
There are ominous signs away from the killing fields. The stock market is rising while the economy stagnates. Wild speculators have returned in their splendor widening the gap between the fictitious and real economy before the ‘deluge’, the chaos of another inevitable crash.
In industrial America’s once great Detroit, clean water is shut-off to tens of thousands of poor citizens unable to pay for basic service. In the midst of summer, urban families are left to defecate in hallways, alleyways and empty lots. Without water the toilets are clogged, children are not washed. Roscoe, the master plumber, says the job is way beyond him.
According to our famed economists, the economy of Detroit is ‘recovering . . . profits are up, it’s only the people who are suffering’. Productivity has doubled, speculators are satisfied; Pensions are slashed and wages are down; but the Detroit Tigers are in first place.
Public hospitals everywhere are being closed. In the Bronx and Brooklyn, emergency rooms are overwhelmed. Chaos! Interns work 36 hour shifts . . . and the sick and injured take their chances with a sleep-deprived medic. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, private clinics and ‘boutique’ practices for the elite proliferate.
Scandinavians have embraced the putschist power grab in Kiev. The Swedish Foreign Minister Bildt bellows for a new Cold War with Russia. The Danish emissary and NATO leader, Rasmussen, salivates obscenely at the prospect of bombing and destroying Syria in a replay of NATO’s ‘victory’ over Libya.
The German leaders endorse the ongoing Israeli genocide against Gaza; they are comfortably protected from any moral conscience by their nostalgic blanket of ‘guilt’ over Nazi crimes 70 years ago.
Saudi-funded Jihadi terrorists in Iraq showed their “infinite mercy” by… merely driving thousands of Christians from ancient Mosul. Nearly 2,000 years of a continuous Christian presence was long enough! At least most escaped with their heads still attached.
Over one hundred thousand agents of the US National Security Agency are paid to spy on two million Muslim citizens and residents in the USA. But for all the tens of billions of dollars spent and tens of millions of conversations recorded, Islamic charities are prosecuted and philanthropic individuals are framed in ‘sting operations’.
Where the bombs fall no one knows, but people flee. Millions are fleeing the chaos.
But there is no place to go! The French invade half a dozen African countries but the refugees are denied refuge in France. Thousands die in the desert or drown crossing the Med. Those who do make it, are branded criminals or relegated to ghettos and camps.
Chaos reigns in Africa, the Middle East, Central America and Detroit. The entire US frontier with Mexico has become a militarized detention center, a multi-national prison camp. The border is unrecognizable to our generation.
Chaos reigns in the markets. Chaos masquerades as trade sanctions: Iran yesterday, Russia today and China tomorrow. Washington, Watch out! Your adversaries are finding common ground, trading, forging agreements, building defenses; their ties are growing stronger.
Chaos reigns in Israel. War-obsessed Israelis discover that the Chosen People of God can also bleed and die, lose limbs and eyes in the alleyways of Gaza where poorly armed boys and men stand their ground. When the cheers turn to jeers, will they re-elect Bibi, their current kosher butcher? The overseas brethren, the fundraisers, the lobbyists and the armchair verbal assassins will automatically embrace some new face, without questions, regrets or (god forbid!) self-criticism –if it’s ‘good for Israel and the Jews’ it’s got to be right!
Chaos reigns in New York. Judicial rulings favor the pirates and their vulture funds demanding one-thousand percent returns on old Argentine bonds. If Argentina rejects this financial blackmail and defaults, shock waves will ripple throughout global financial markets. Creditors will tremble in uncertainty: Fears will grow over a new financial crash. Will they squeeze out another trillion-dollar bailout?
But where’s the money? Printing presses are working day and night. There are only a few life boats . . . enough for the bankers and Wall Street, the other ninety-nine percent will have to swim or feed the sharks.
The corrupted financial press now advises warlords on which country to bomb and politicians on how to impose economic sanctions; they no longer provide sound economic information or advise investors on markets. Their editorial rants will incite an investor flight to buy king-sized mattresses for stuffing as the banks fail.
The US President is on the verge of a mental breakdown: He’s a liar of Munchausen proportions with a bad case of political paranoia, war hysteria and megalomania. He’s gone amok, braying, ‘I lead the world: its US leadership or chaos’. Increasingly the world has another message: ‘It’s the US and chaos.’
Wall Street is abandoning him. The Russians have double-crossed him. The Chinese merchants are now doing business everywhere we used to be and we ought to be. They’re playing with loaded dice. The stubborn Somalis refuse to submit to a Black President: they reject this ‘ML King with drones’ . . . The Germans suck on their thumbs in total stupor as Americans monitor and record their every conversation…for their own safety! “Our corporations are ingrates after all we have done for them”, the First Black President whines. “They flee from our taxes while we subsidize their operations!”
Final Solutions: The End of Chaos
The only solution is to move on: Chaos breeds chaos. The President strives to project his ‘Leadership’. He asks his close advisers very hard questions: “Why can’t we bomb Russia, just like Israel bombs Gaza? Why don’t we build an ‘Iron Dome’ over Europe and shoot down Russian nuclear missiles while we fire upon Moscow from our new bases in Ukraine? Which countries will our ‘Dome’ protect? I am sure that the people of East Europe and the Baltic States will gladly make the supreme sacrifice. After all, their leaders were at the very front frothing for a war with Russia. Their reward, a nuclear wasteland, will be a small price to ensure our success!”
The Zionist lobby will insist our ‘Iron Dome’ covers Israel. But the Saudis may try to bribe the Russians to spare the oil fields as Moscow targets the US missile bases near Mecca. Our radio-active allies in the Middle East will just have to relocate to a new Holy Land.
Do Obama and his advisers imagine reducing the Asian population by a billion or two? Do they plan several hundred Hiroshimas because the Chinese crossed the President’s ‘red lines’: China’s economy and trade grew too fast, expanded too far, it was too competitive, too competent, too successful at gaining market shares, and they ignored our warnings and our unparalleled military might.
Most of Asia will inhale nuclear dust, millions of Indians and Indonesians will perish as collateral damage. Their survivors will feast on ‘radiated fish’ in a glowing sea.
Beyond Chaos: The New American Way:
Because our ‘Iron Dome’ will have failed us, we will have to re-emerge out of toxic ashes and crawl from our bunkers, dreaming of a New America free from wars and poverty. The Reign of Chaos will have ended. The ‘peace and order’ of the graveyard will reign supreme.
The emperors will be forgotten.
And we never will have found out who fired that missile at the doomed Malaysian airliner with its 300 passengers and crew. We will have lost count of the thousands of Palestinian parents and children slaughtered in Gaza by the Chosen People of Israel. We will not know how the sanctions against Russia panned out.
It won’t matter in the post-nuclear age, after the Chaos…
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He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as The New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, Temps Moderne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.
His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished service award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).
He has a long history of commitment to social justice working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from The University of california at Berkeley.
“If the spineless Obama will not do it, we must do it – even unilaterally”
I’d like to share, especially with American readers, a great moment in the British parliament on 5 February when the MP for Gorton, Manchester, Sir Gerald Kaufman rose to speak in a debate on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Here is what he said word for word so that you get the full flavour:
I once led a delegation of 60 parliamentarians from 13 European parliaments to Gaza. I could no longer do that today because Gaza is practically inaccessible. The Israelis try to lay the responsibility on the Egyptians, but although the Egyptians’ closing of the tunnels has caused great hardship, it is the Israelis who have imposed the blockade and are the occupying power. The culpability of the Israelis was demonstrated in the report to the UN by Richard Goldstone following Operation Cast Lead. After his report, he was harassed by Jewish organizations. At the end of a meeting I had with him in New York, his wife said to me, “It is good to meet another self-hating Jew.”
Again and again, Israel seeks to justify the vile injustices that it imposes on the people of Gaza and the West Bank on the grounds of the holocaust. Last week, we commemorated the holocaust; 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza are being penalized with that as the justification. That is unacceptable.
Go to Tel Aviv, as I did not long ago, and watch them sitting complacently outside their pavement cafés. They do not give a damn about their fellow human beings perhaps half an hour away. (Gerald Kaufman, British MP)
The statistics are appalling. There is fresh water for a few hours every five days. Fishing boats are not allowed to go out – in any case, what is the point, because the waters are so filthy that no fish they catch can be eaten? The Israelis are victimizing the children above all. Half the population of this country is under the voting age. What is being done to those children – the lack of nutrition – is damaging not only their bodies and brains; it will go on for generation after generation.
It is totally unacceptable that the Israelis should behave in such a way, but they do not care. Go to Tel Aviv, as I did not long ago, and watch them sitting complacently outside their pavement cafés. They do not give a damn about their fellow human beings perhaps half an hour away. The right hon. member for Banbury (Sir Tony Baldry) quoted the prime minister as saying that Gaza is a prison camp. It is all very well for him to say that, as he did, in Turkey – he was visiting a Muslim country – but what is he doing about it? Nothing, nothing, nothing!
The time when we could condemn and think that that was enough has long passed. The Israelis do not care about condemnation. They are self-righteous and complacent. We must now take action against them. We must impose sanctions. If the spineless Obama will not do it, we must do it – even unilaterally. We must press the European community for it to be done. These people cannot be persuaded. We cannot appeal to their better nature when they do not have one. It is all very well saying, “Wicked, wicked Hamas.” Hamas is dreadful. I have met people from Hamas, but nothing it has done justifies punishing children, women and the sick as the Israelis are doing now. They must be stopped.
As has been pointed out, there is a time limit for what we are talking about. The idea that things can go on, while we wait for a two-state solution, is gone. Sooner or later, the Palestinians will say, “We are dying anyhow, so let us die for something.” Let us stop that: I do not want a war. I do not want violent action, but the action that the international community takes must be imposed, otherwise hell will break loose.
Sir Gerald is one of the very few heroic figures in British politics. His family suffered horribly during the holocaust. After the Israelis’ Operation Cast Lead against Gaza in 2008/09 in which they slaughtered 1,400, mostly civilians and including hundreds of children, he told the House of Commons: “My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”
“My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.” (Gerald Kaufman, British MP)
He doesn’t mince words; he knows the Israeli regime for what it really is. “They’re not simply war criminals, they’re fools”. He calls Israel itself a “pariah state”.
In April 2002, during Israel’s controversial military operation codenamed Defensive Shield, Kaufman said in the Commons, “It is time to remind Sharon that the Star of David belongs to all Jews, not to his repulsive government. His actions are staining the Star of David with blood.”
He also compared Hamas in Gaza to the Jewish resistance during World War II:
The spokeswoman for the Israeli army, Major Leibovich, was asked about the Israeli killing of, at that time, 800 Palestinians. The total is now 1,000. She replied instantly that “500 of them were militants”. That was the reply of a Nazi. I suppose the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants.
As for Hamas, he describes them as “a deeply nasty organization, but it was democratically elected, and it is the only game in town. The boycotting of Hamas, including by our government, has been a culpable error, from which dreadful consequences have followed.” He pointed out that the Irgun (infamously responsible for the bombing in 1946 of the King David Hotel, headquarters of the British Mandate government, murdering 91, and the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948) were terrorists, and that “Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism”.
There’s an interesting footnote on Wikipedia which says: “In 2010, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected a petition by the newspaper Haaretz for the declassification of documents, reports and photographs concerning the Deir Yassin massacre. The court cited the possible damage to Israel’s foreign relations…”
The US Congress is stuffed to the gunwales with Jews and Zionist stooges and hirelings. How is it that they are so taken in, or cowed, by the lie machine that few, if any, have the balls or integrity to see the Israeli regime, like Kaufman, for what it is. If they did – and acted accordingly – there would be far less grief around the world.
Sadly, there are big profits to be made from strife and grief.
Today, only the historically ill-informed, the deeply indoctrinated or the mentally ill, can see the Nazis and their alike as opponents to the globalists, the financial elite, the West’s ‘royal’ families, the ‘aristocrats’ and their ‘courts’ and ‘servants’. Nazism is the expression of ideas that was formed to protect exactly these people from Democracy or a new Bastille! Its logic, methods and tactics are therefore adopted by NATO, IDF, EU and U.S with offspring’s as Al-Qaeda and their latest ‘freak’, Kiev’s NATO assembled Gladio-army. The one who was put in place to prepare NATO’s invasion of Ukraine.
This article deals with the rise of Nazism, its character, its prerequisites, its alike and its heritage and contains the following 5 paragraphs:
- Why do the Nazis stand out as the worst War Criminals in the History of Mankind?
- Evil is ‘Empathy Erosion’ and the Nazis made it a social norm
- The devastating misconception of the concept of ‘Freedom’ in the West
- Nazism and NATO
The EU and U.S supported Kiev-regime, with its hooligan mobs and its NATO assembled, ‘Gladio’ army; have with the Odessa massacre in May 2, 2014 and the ongoing massacres in East Ukraine begun a new era of ethnic cleansings in Europe. The Odessa massacre was a carefully staged covert intelligence operation with the aim to signal the beginning of Nazi terror on the European continent.
There was nothing ‘spontaneous’ or ‘accidental’, as the media suggested, in this diabolical undertaking which included the mass murder of 120+ humans inside the House of Trade Unions in Odessa. The building was quite deliberately set on fire as part of a carefully planned paramilitary operation, executed by American psychopaths of CIA’s special ops.
Israel’s and USA’s armies and their Intelligence services are the direct heirs of the Nazis and their dehumanizing-policies. The recently re-styled Nazi-regime in Ukraine is just a natural result of a 7 decades long CIA and MI6 sponsored Neo-nazism and so are the CIA and Mossad promoted Jihadists in the Arab world.
Today the EU- and U.S-media persistently tries to downplay and diminish the Nazi’s war crimes in WWII and their outstandingly misanthropic (human-hating from Greek μίσος [hate], άνθρωπος [human]) disposition and thereby give another image to Nazism. To slay, pole, rape and burn unarmed women, children and infants was and is, by the Nazis themselves declared to be a part of their ‘warfare tactics’. The exceptionally cruel character of the massacre in Odessa, May 2, 2014, and the ongoing massacres in Lugansk, has the same characteristics as the thousands of the German WWII massacres, performed by the Einsatzgruppen and the Waffen SS. Despite this clear similarities in both cruelty and tactics, the massacre in Odessa was reported and ‘explained’ by the western media, with a ‘logic’ that tried to wave off the staged crime as an unfortunate accident.
The two main prototypes for the war provoking and terrorizing the civilians to obedience tactics, that the Kiev-regime, NATO, IDF and EU are frequently using are two of the major Nazi-policies in WWII:
- “Covert Military or Paramilitary Operations Policy” (false-flag ops) like the Gleiwitz incident, which ‘gave the excuse’ for the invasion of Poland. Or a more relevant example as the Stay-Behind operations under the name “Operation Gladio”. They were formed in the end of WWII by the U.S-saved, and CIA supported Nazis and Fascists that the allies helped to reorganize. They have been active in Europe up to current days with Libya, Syria and Ukraine as its latest provoked NATO-engineered civil wars.
- “Collective Punishment Policy” (against unarmed civilians), like in Greece, Belarus, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine during WWII. Or more recent examples as the Odessa Massacre and the continuous Syria and Gaza massacres.
The Nuremberg trials clearly declared these policies to be criminal. Both these policies are considered as War Crimes according to the Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV) part III, Article 33 and as terrorism according to The Geneva Declaration on Terrorism Article I, paragraph 1 and 7. U.S, NATO and the IDF has fully adopted these policies and are since 1946 frequently using them as ordinary ‘warfare methods’ (IDF didn’t exist until 1948, but Haganah did).
It is out of highest importance today that we can understand what exactly Humanity stand against and what separates the Nazis and their alike, from all other mass-murderers in history. Their alike today is of course USA, Israel and the German led EU with NATO and the new EUROGENDFOR (European Gendarmerie Force) as today’s Wehrmacht and Gestapo.
Why does the Nazis stand out as the worst War Criminals in the History of Mankind?
The Nazis stand out from all the rest of humanity’s war criminals in a league of their own, because of their well-documented, unsurpassed cruelty and bloodthirst and their sadistic, misanthropic disposition, especially when dealing with unarmed civilian women, elders, children and infants. What is it that makes them stand out, compared to all other war criminals in the human history? The answer is quite simple really? It is the fact that they managed to turn the organized dehumanization of humans into a suitable ideology/cult, and they managed to make ‘empathy erosion’, the scientific term for evil (explained further down), a highly valued ‘quality’ and a widespread norm in the social character of the German society. Intentionally, very well planned and well-organized, they nurtured misanthropic sentiments in the German society.
Due to this socio-psychological engineering, the Nazis could construct an unprecedented industrial form of genocide. They organized proper slaughter houses after the Assembly Line Principle, for the mass extermination of human beings. Human Experimentation and Industrial Extermination of humans, as “solutions” to cultural, political, geopolitical and socio-economic problems, were and still are compatible with the Nazi-version of a Human Civilization. No other war criminals, ‘slayers’ or tyrants in the human history, before the Nazis, went that far in their ‘refinement’ of their misanthropic feelings and urges. No one before them, did industrially recycle and use the skin, the fat and different body parts and body tissue from the mass murdered.
Besides the Human Experimentation’s and the Industrial Extermination of over 15 million human beings, in the 23 main German extermination camps and over 1 200 sub-camps, they were particularly savage in their ‘warfare methods‘ against unarmed civilians. The Einsatzgruppen and the Waffen-SS performed thousands of massacres on unarmed civilians, particularly in Belarus, Greece, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
One example of this fact is from Greece and is very graphically explained by the late Sture Linnér, the Swedish head of the International Red Cross in Greece, when he described the grim reality he saw when he arrived in the little town of Distomo:
“Vultures were rising slowly and hesitantly at a low height from the sides of the road when they heard us coming. On hundreds of yards along the road, human bodies were hanging from every tree, pierced with bayonets – some were still alive.
They were the villagers, who were punished this way – they were suspected of providing help to the guerillas of the region, who had ambushed an SS unit.
The odor was unbearable.
In the village the last remnants of the houses were still burning. Hundreds of dead bodies of people of all ages, from elderly to newborns, were strewn around on the dirt. Several women were slaughtered with bayonets, their wombs torn apart and their breasts severed; others were lying strangled with their own intestines wrapped around their necks.“
1779 villages were burnt to rubble in Greece and over 430 massacres of unarmed civilians took place from June 1941 to August 1944. Greece lost as many people in WWII as USA and England together… 13% of its population.
Perhaps one of the most moving aspects of this fact comes again from Sture Linnér, who returned to Distomo at the end of the war, two months after the massacre:
“When the German occupation forces were forced to leave Greece, things did not go as planned for them. A German unit was surrounded by guerillas exactly in the same area, at Distomo. I thought that this might be taken by the Greeks as an opportunity for a bloody revenge, especially when considering that for quite a while the region had been cut off from any food supplies. I loaded a few lorries with food and necessities, I wired to Distomo a word about our planned arrival, and we found ourselves on the same road, once again, Cleo and I.
When we reached the outskirts of the village, we were met by a committee led by the elderly priest. He was an old fashioned patriarch, with a long, wavy, white beard. Next to him stood the guerilla captain, fully armed. The priest spoke first and thanked us on behalf of the survivors for the food supplies. Then he added: “We are all starving here, both us and the German prisoners. Now, even though we are famished, we are at least in our land. The Germans have not just lost the war; they are also far from their country. Give them the food you have with you, they have a long way ahead.”
At this phrase Cleo turned her eyes to me. I suspected what she wanted to tell me with that look, but I could not see clearly any more. I was just standing there weeping….“
“HUMANITY. It’s something the Nazis didn’t have and something the Hellenic people had — and still have — in abundance”.
The many thousands of similar examples from Greece, Belarus, France, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, together with their Human Experiments and their Industrial Exterminations, are telling us one certain thing about the Nazis: They managed to organize, make into routine and express the ultimate evil in their ‘policies’, their ‘warfare methods’ and in their behavior against human beings in general. They developed methods, tactics, ‘logic’s’ and behavior that unfortunately many others have adopted since then.
Apart from the advanced Industrial Exterminations, NATO, U.S, IDF and the German governed EU are permanently using the same ‘routines’ in their behavior against any humans they chose to see as degenerated or even as non-human. Human Experiment’s have been performed in recent years in the Guantanamo Bay medical facilities, in Abu Ghraib prison, and in several University Hospitals or prisons in USA, on the US army’s requests, since 1947.
Evil is ‘Empathy Erosion’ and the Nazis made it a social norm
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University describes ‘Empathy Erosion’ as:
“…when people dehumanize other humans, when they turn other people into objects, and can therefore become capable of malevolence and extreme human cruelty”.
The Nazis very much relied on their skillfully tailored ideological, political, scientific and historical propaganda myths, their ritualistic mass-meetings, their SS-brotherhoods elitist, racist indoctrination, their paramilitary political violence and terror, and their youth organizations. They developed a ‘system of education and nurturing‘ for the progress of the suitable norms, beliefs and preconditions, so that the organized ‘dehumanization of humans’ could develop on a mass scale in the German society. The leaders of the Nazi organization’s the Hitlerjugend (60% of all boys) and the Bund Deutscher Mädel (50% of all girls) imposed ‘empathy eroding‘ fostering methods and inside their framework, one of the purposes was to indoctrinate the youth with ‘race’-biological vulgar-science, twisted moralities and with nonsense-historical fairy-tales and myths, presented as historical facts. They did this to point out different ethnic and cultural groups or ‘races’ as non-human, and the progressive thinkers and the dissidents as ‘mentally ill’ or as ‘degenerates’ and therefore less human.
Civilians from the town of Ohrdruf were taken to view the bodies from the extermination camp and the visible, ‘human’ reactions were very few
U.S. Army soldiers show, the German civilians of Weimar, corpses found in Buchenwald concentration camp. One woman in the lower right section of the photo is the only one who seem to react in a normal, human way to the sight.
The Nuremberg trials condemned the indifference and the passivity of the German people living close to the 23 extermination camps, when the mass exterminations of humans took place on a daily basis for well over four years. It was evident that the over 20 years of dehumanization-propaganda and the Nazi-party’s tailored ‘empathy eroding’, education and training methods, in fact had made a majority of the Germans inhumanely tolerant and permissive of such atrocities. They had been fed with all the, according to the ‘logic’ of Nazism, “acceptable reasons” for such crimes against humanity.
Even if the methods differ a bit, they weren’t particularly different in essence, from the ‘dehumanization propaganda’ we are all force-fed with today, by the U.S and the EU governments and their media. This is done so that we shall accept the NATO led massacres and pogroms against unarmed civilians in Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and any other place that U.S, EU and NATO decides to “liberate”. This propaganda is aiming for a clear social-psychological result – the same ‘empathy eroding’ social character as in Nazi-Germany. A historically very bizarre, but unfortunately very obvious, example of a society that has been put under a strict ‘empathy eroding’, social-psychological engineering policy, is the Israeli society.
On Israels war crimes Chris Hedges wrote in Nov, 2013 in IOA (Israeli Occupation Archive):
“Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy — which was always exclusively for Jews — has been hijacked by extremists who are pushing the country toward fascism. Many of Israel’s most enlightened and educated citizens — 1 million of them — have left the country. Its most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists — Israeli and Palestinian — are subject to constant state surveillance, arbitrary arrests and government-run smear campaigns. Its educational system, starting in primary school, has become an indoctrination machine for the military.”
Read the whole article here
Now when the NATO led Nazi-massacres has begun also in Europe and the truth behind them are still, to a very high degree, met with indifference and apathy from the western societies, we should at least hold one thing in mind: One day, on the order of a decent and righteous ‘International Criminal Court’ that understands its role, the alleged “civilized” westerners (including the Israelis), might also be forced to walk through hills of hundreds of dead bodies, that the U.S-EU-NATO-IDF proxy wars has left behind. Maybe, we will be collectively judged for the collectively shown indifference and the collectively shown apathy, when our leaders over several decades were feeding us with lies, racist-propaganda, false flag operations, proxy wars, irrational, alleged ‘self-defense’ actions and other ‘acceptable reasons’ for the mass killings of innocent, human beings. We will most likely be condemned for our obvious racist disposition, which is clearly shown in the openly revealed differences in how we value Arab, Asian or African lives and American, European or Israeli lives.
That’s where the ‘ultimate evil‘ begins in our time. It begins with such generalizing, misanthropic sentiments. It begins with these artificially revived remnants of the ‘empathy-eroding’ Nazi-heritage and its ideological, spiritual and cultural foundations. It is this heritage that very strongly has contributed to the “barbarization” rather than the “civilization” of the West. Nowadays this Nazi-heritage of the western societies, has become very obvious through Kiev’s Nazi-regime, its NATO assembled Gladio-army and NATO’s and IDF’s crimes against the Palestinians and the Arabs. Many (including myself) argues that this heritage has been reawakened, most of all through the U.S’s and EU’s neo-liberal, socio-economic IMF/World Bank/WTO-policies with their clear society exhausting and genocidal intentions. Their criminal policies are predestined to increase and hasten the wished destabilization of the European societies and the dismantling of Democracy and Justice. It is a necessity for the neo-liberal “projects” to actually work. And it is a well-tried ‘recipe’ from Latin-America and Southeast-Asia, for Nazi and Fascist ‘dehumanization’ sentiments to rise and spread. This is the ‘ultimate evil’ unfolding again in Europe.
On TutuFoundationUSA.org the following comment was made on ‘erosion of empathy':
“Rather than dismissing the acts of evil as mere acts of insanity, it can be highly valuable to investigate what causes people to act so destructively. Dr Baron-Cohen, the author of the book The Science of Evil look at empathy in general and what a deficit of empathy in people can lead to.
He argues that empathy is distributed throughout the population as a bell curve. Some have a tremendous amount of empathy while others, those often labeled as psychopaths or with other psychiatric diagnoses, reside on the low end of the bell curve. Dr Baron-Cohen explains that the roots of empathy are derived from both nature and nurture. Those with little or no empathy may have different brain structure and functionality, or may have suffered environmental factors such as childhood neglect or abuse.”
Behavioral Cognitive Psychology shows that the absolute majority of individuals with ‘little or no empathy’ have suffered environmental factors as childhood neglect or abuse. It must be noted here that in behavioral research, social phenomenons as poverty and famine during childhood, are considered as environmental factors of childhood neglect and abuse. Sociological and criminological research shows that the type of ‘empathy erosion’, which gives birth to organized subcultures of cruelty and evil, almost exclusively originates from childhood and adolescence neglect and abuse and long lasting poverty and social misery. Still, a few more ‘ingredients’ are needed in order to actually guarantee the appearance of structured, evil subcultures.
The development of structured, evil subcultures only emerges through the conscious organization of the ‘guidance’ and the ‘leadership’ of these groups. In a human society, this is best accomplished through intentional and continuous propaganda, infiltration, fear and repeated indoctrination. These facts are something that the Nazis understood very well. They had very good social-psychological insights, through the rich German literature on psychology and psychoanalysis, but in particular through a French social psychologist, sociologist and anthropologist, Gustave Le Bon’s and his book, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. It became a highly useful group-psychological guide when they customized their fostering methods, for the creation of the desired ‘erosion of empathy’ on mass scale. It is inevitable nowadays that these ‘evil subcultures’ primarily emerge in the western societies, since quite a few of the Nazis social engineering projects and methods are still implemented in these societies.
In our days unfortunately the ‘erosion of empathy’ is well inbuilt in almost all the aspects of a typical, western life.
The devastating misconception of the concept of Freedom in the West
The western societies has due to massive ‘empathy erosion’ and and a long lasting Social-Darwinist indoctrination developed a highly immature and very perverted perception of the concept of freedom. Not in words of course, but in behavior and actions. It is usually expressed as a very adolescent, self centered, one-sided, prejudiced and racist kind of freedom, due to a very high degree of ongoing and increasing dehumanization-policies in these societies. That’s from where the worst racist ideologies in the history of mankind has sprung forward, and that’s where the criminal logic of ethnic cleansing, genocide, plundering and colonizing on a global scale, are so blatantly excused.
Why we see most people in the west today more or less, even if maybe not supporting it, at least ‘accepting’ the rise of Nazism, is because:
- They are indifferent, arrogant and ignorant and fully preoccupied with satisfying their egoism and their narcissism.
- They are just receptive to ‘tailored truths’ that will satisfy their presumptions, theories and prejudices.
- They are historically misinformed and relies only on the culturally and socially served, popular, ‘empathy eroding’ tales.
- They don’t understand that the only truly effective antifascist-action is to establish real democracy and true justice.
- They don’t really believe in democracy and justice because they have accepted very selfish concepts of freedom in their lives for too long.
- It doesn’t touch them where it should, because their emotional lives are infected with mental and emotional ‘toxic waste’.
A mature and civilized understanding of freedom, in a truly developed and civilized human society, is NOT mainly expressed through how many natural moral principles one can break. Free to break every moral and ethical limits without any conscience or any responsibility for ones actions, is the most common version of practiced freedom in the western societies today. That alone is a crystal clear evidence of that these societies in fact are socially immature and spiritually backward. Because of these blatantly unacknowledged, collective, social diseases, such societies become extremely accepting towards cruel tyrannies, communal violence and wars. Needless to say, these societies are not particularly sustainable, and almost certain is that they are doomed to perish relatively quickly. It is ignorance, selfishness and indeed a very poor level of critical thinking, that are keeping most citizens in these societies from the necessary commitment, to unified build the adequate political and judicial ‘safety gates’ against tyranny. The real danger lies in the fact that its citizens are still convinced that ‘this kind of society is the best human society there is, even if it’s not perfect‘. What these citizens are incapable to understand, because of their social blinkers and their refusal of any adequate self-criticism, is that what ‘is not perfect‘, actually is exactly the intentionally imposed ‘empathy eroding’ policy, that allows misanthropy to become a highly accepted social norm. This fact put these societies very, very far away from the assessment “perfect” and instead one could argue that they are actually quite defect, at least from a utilitarian, human perspective.
This has happened because in almost every practiced aspect of a typical western life today, EGOISM is highly valued, cherished and developed and ALTRUISM is ignored, ridiculed and crippled. Therefore the western perverted, but nevertheless widely practiced form of freedom, is quite obviously a result of the following doctrine: “Do as you like – seek only constant physical and material satisfaction – have no regrets for whatever damage, affliction, misery or misfortune you might have caused others”. A very destructive doctrine which when it forms the general social character in a society, it causes fraudulent relations, distrust, conflicts, violence, revolts, wars and suffering, and it gives birth to organized ‘subcultures of evil’. What actually happens, when everything of the human side of humans is ignored and ridiculed and therefore numbed, calloused and dried out, is that ‘the empty shell’ of the human turns to Mammon for ‘salvation’ (as the despairing Jews did in Sinai). That is why personal profit and personal wealth is the outermost aim in a western or ‘westernized’ life, and that is why loneliness, hopelessness, depressions, emotional collapses, insanity, suicides and homicides, are far more common in the West (or westernized societies) than anywhere else.
“Start a company – take big loans – make sure that you can afford a few corporate lawyers and your own bodyguards and hit-men, and begin to abuse and misuse the world and the humans, for personal profit and satisfaction”! This is the actual underlying message of the western, practiced, concept of freedom, based on the “do as you like doctrine”.
The West’s justice departments and legal authorities clear unwillingness, of bringing the obvious top criminals from the top layers of the society to justice, is what – with an indisputable clarity – reveals that the above mentioned doctrine, really is the underlying message of this kind of crime worshiping, western form of freedom.
The common understanding of the concept of freedom in the western societies is in other words not at all based on any particularly wider social insight, or any deeper understanding of what a human society, or a human being, really is. Actually, contrary to that, it is based on clearly immature pseudo-scientific conceptions, very backward minds and ugly emotional lives. Sadly enough, this has evolved in the western societies despite the availability of a very rich classical heritage, which clarifies and explains both very well. It is a heritage that also offers the adequate intellectual, spiritual and practical tools to humanity and the human societies, in order to evolve in accordance with the true nature of Man, and thus leave barbarism and misanthropic sentiments behind. That heritage is highly esteemed and revered in the West, only in words, but unfortunately extremely rarely in individual and social behavior and almost never in the practical expression of education, the law or in the governmental work. It is claimed to form the fundaments of western thinking, yet neither in words or in actions, the West seems to be capable of really understanding the almost 3 000 year old path to truly free, critically thinking humans, personally and socially civilized behavior and thus a real human civilization. One very deep reason behind this is the existence of a very ancient schism between two completely opposite idea-worlds as the basis for Western thinking. A very schizophrenic schism is hidden behind western thinking, which even though many academics actually have alarmed about it, it is never seriously considered, by the mainstream thinkers and scholars. At least not in its right proportions. One of these idea-worlds is the real cradle of western civilization and offers the liberation of the human being, and the other is the burial of this ‘cradle’ and offers the enslavement of the human being. One of them makes Tyrannies as Nazism and Fascism impossible and the other gives birth to them and nourishes them.
“…It is really this ancient schism between two contradicting idea-worlds and spiritual traditions,… this “schizophrenia” between Hellenism and Rothschild-Zionism, that the ruling classes have tried to crowd into ONE in the ‘modern Western civilization’. This paradox and this fundamental clash of ideas, is what really reflects the whole Western society in all its institutions, its culture its societies, its social character and its basic views on humans and Humanity.” - from the article: Hellenism is in danger, humanity is in danger
The Nazis and their alike represented and are still representing, in a very clear way, the morbid discrepancy between what they claim to be and what they actually are. A constantly repeated example of this fact, during the years of the German occupation in Greece, was the following behavior from the Germans: In Athens, the Nazis often went up to the Acropolis to admire the great works of the Greeks, but when walking down from there, in Plaka, underneath the Acropolis, the same officer who had just admired Parthenon could catch a little famished Greek kid, who had reached for a pretzel, and break his little arm over his knee. From the obvious delusion of being a cultivated human being, to one’s true beast-like character in just a few minutes. At such moments these feign civilized Germans, showed in a very clear way that they only understood to admire dead marble, but not what had inspired the art that was carved out from it. They certainly could not understand and much less admire the moral and ethical concepts, the richness of the minds and the humanity of those that brought Greek culture to the point where they created these, unsurpassed expressions of beauty. These inspired conscious expressions, of the FREE, enlightened and conscious human soul, and the true nobility of the human spirit.
The immensely corrupt form of freedom in the west, apparently chooses to value itself through how many of the lower human urges and desires, (characteristics that makes us more beast-like), its citizens can fulfill and satisfy, and not through how many of the higher human urges and desires, (characteristics that makes us more human-like) they can fulfill and satisfy.
U.S and EU are the “delivery boys” of this kind of pseudo-civilized social character and these soul-corrupting sub-cultures, and they make sure to ‘breastfeed’ them both, because it benefits their bankers and businessmen’s aims, but not only. Also NATO, the criminal, dehumanizing war machine, whose movements are controlled by the western banking family-dynasties, benefit tremendously by maintaining a society which produces lots of young people in despair, anxiety, anger and rage. A youth that will be deeply enraged and misled and therefore inclined to choose to kill and die for, what they don’t understand is just shameful, racist, high-tech, looting hordes called “armies”. Armies that in fact works under a handful of company logos and a few banking family-dynasties.
Nazism and NATO
Nazism is in reality not an ideology rooted in any particularly deeper moral philosophical reflections. Or rather, it is based on an emotionally disturbed teenager’s interpretations of a psychotics moral reflections (Nietzsche), a suicidal pessimists agony (Schopenhauer) and a megalomaniacs admiration of ‘Lucifer’ disguised as an Aryan Christ (Wagner). Nazisms misanthropic “solutions” to political and socio-economic problems, therefore involve mass extermination of other ethnic, religious, social or political populations and experimentation on humans. Since such “solutions” poses an immediate threat to all of Humanity, they are incompatible with a Human civilization. Instead of a truly human civilization, Nazism aim for an anti-human barbarism dressed as an ideology, and it is very well suited to function as the ‘bodyguard’ and the ‘hit man’ of the globalists, the financial elite, the West’s royal families and the ‘aristocracy’ and their ‘courts’ and ‘servants’. Nazism was in fact formed in order to protect exactly these people, from real Democracy or a new Bastille.
Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act in 1913
Senator Nelson W. Aldrich a very good friend of J.P. Morgan called the following bankers and businessmen to the meeting on Jekyll Island in November 22, 1910.
- Paul Warburg – (German representing Baron Alfred Rothschild’s Kuhn, Loeb & Co)
- Henry P Davidson (Senior partner of J.P Morgan Company)
- Charles D Norton (President of the Morgan First National Bank Of New York)
- Abram Piatt Andrews (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Dept)
- Frank Vanderlip (President of the National City Bank Of New York)
- Benjamin Strong (Representing J.P Morgan)
They arrived at the Jekyll Island Club to discuss monetary policy and the banking system, and this led to the creation of the current, privately owned Federal Reserve. Those who attended the meeting were sworn to secrecy and addressed each other only by code names. The use of last names was prohibited and the group therefore later referred to themselves as “The First Name Club”.
With the birth of the FED, in 1913, in fact these bankers started a 100 year long “Financial Pyramid Game”. Nathan Mayer Rothschild (left) and J.D. Rockefeller (right) was the real ‘powerful’ two, behind the meeting on Jekyll Island even though none of them were there. These two family dynasties were the ones who would concentrate almost all the wealth of the world to themselves within the next 100 years.
A bankers son by the name of Heinrich Heine once said “Money is the god of our time, and Rothschild is his prophet”
Nazism was formed to keep these ‘banker-prophets’, their ‘projects’ and their allies safe from a new Bastille, and to keep the populations that wanted true democracy, terrorized, horrified and divided, fighting eachother, while these bankers gradually centralized power and wealth to themselves. Nazism has served these bankers well through two world wars, several revolutions, dictatorships, imperial wars and depressions. Why wouldn’t it serve them now under NATO’s command, during the ‘harvest times’ of the centuries, and their attack on ‘naughty’ Russia?
Nazism is a manufactured pseudo-ideology which was developed in a few conference rooms in Basel, Zurich, Vienna and Munich, in the late 1800’s, and it was put together by a few nationalist fanatics from Kaisers army, who probably believed in its alleged, anti-capitalist garb. As a political idea the fundamentals of what almost half a century later became Nazism, first emerged in England and USA in the 1870’s. It is based on racial hierarchy and social Darwinism, which means that it seek to apply biological concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest to sociology and politics.
The fanatics from Kaisers army didn’t realize the fact that a handful of the promoter’s and financier’s, behind Theodore Herzl’s Zionist movement, also had their plans for the anti-capitalistic, national-socialistic currents and sentiments. History have with accuracy proved that Nazism in practice, is anything but anti-capitalistic. Regardless of what Hitler and his mentors knew or didn’t know about the shadowy activities in Basel, Vienna, Zurich and Munich, Nazism was born through capitalists, supported by capitalists and it was and is favored and used by capitalists. These capitalists have used and interlinked nationalistic, pan-German sentiments, with the Rothschild-Zionist aims from the end of the 19th century. These cooperating, informal associations originate from the less known activities of some members of the Burschenschaft, the German nationalist student association, the Mayor of Vienna, Karl Leuger, the founder of the Austrian, Christian Social Party, Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid and Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden.
Ιn the absolute philosophic and spiritual core of Nazism was, as mentioned before, of course Hitler’s own twisted interpretations of Nietzsche’s already twisted theories on morality. Nietzsche, the tragic philosopher, attempts in his book “The Origins of Morality”, to turn all values inside out in order to “prove” that what was called good is actually evil and what was called evil is actually good. The adolescent, existentially very confused, Hitler at the age of 15, interpreted*1 the writings of Nietzsche. He was enchanted by the pessimist Schopenhauer who said that “good and evil doesn’t exist” (this provides good moral excuses for barbarism), and he was greatly inspired by Richard Wagner, who adored ‘Lucifer’, cunningly disguised to an Aryan Christ (the real moral image of the Catholic church).
These three historic figures expressed all the philosophical and spiritual grounds upon which a young Hitler based Nazism, with the help of three of Kaisers generals.
*1 From a biological-neurological perspective,philosophical and spiritual texts can’t be adequately understood or interpreted by neurologically and emotionally still developing minds, as for instance a 15-year old. Particularly not by emotionally, severely traumatized, still developing minds. The neurological system of a Human being is not fully developed until the age of 19 – 22.
So this surrogate ideology, which is mentally based on fear, indoctrination, megalomania, superstitions and occultism, was developed with the help of three fanatic generals and occultists from Kaisers army. Karl Haushoffer, Helmuth von Moltke and Konrad von Hotzendorf headhunted and emotionally and spiritually, they ‘prepared and initiated’ Adolf Hitler as the Messianic figure of Nazism, a few years after WWI. They developed Nazisms myths, rites and customs, by using old Germanic legends, the Thule-society’s occult teachings and rituals together with anti-Jewish socio-economic, geopolitical and racial ideas and they molded this into a suitable militarized blood-cult, a hate ideology.
The anti-Jewish sentiments suited the Rothschild-Zionists*2 aims perfect, since this would accelerate their aims, when many of the leaders in Europe were skeptic to the Zionist “project” for a Jewish state. The generals at the time didn’t know that a handful of the conspirators from Basel, Zurich, Vienna and Munich was capitalists and Zionists who wanted an ‘ideological tool’, an anti-Jewish, militant movement that through its actions would bring about the acceptance of a Jewish state. In the 30’s Nazism became a perfect ‘tool’ in order to crush any real democratic, real freedom longing sentiments, with extreme violence, terror and massacres on a mass scale, and that’s what it has become today again. No other -isms are in fact helping the capitalists to centralize power and wealth and defend themselves against democracy or a new Bastille as good, as Nazism and the current Neo-liberalism do.
NATO (our days ‘Wehrmacht’), openly today show that there is truly no place for empathy, humanity and human dignity in the western world anymore. Justice, Righteousness and the Free Word have been sacrificed and replaced with ‘Obedience or Extermination’. This is in accordance with the criminal “Collective Punishment Policy” and the “Covert Military or Paramilitary Operations Policy“, which has become the foundations for their new doctrine – actually not at all essentially different from the logic’s of the Catholic Church’s ‘Holy Inquisition doctrine’ during the dark Middle Ages. The European ‘kingdoms’, ‘empires’ and societies, who together used to aspire for the title ‘Western Civilization’ since the Renaissance, can now only be called an ‘Empire of Misanthropy & Death’.
The Renaissance which was the cultural and intellectual expression of the longing and the rebirth of the ancient Greek heritage, was the way out of the dark Middle Ages. The, by NATO, IMF, USA and EU, aggressively pushed for ‘New World Order‘, is the way back into them again – but now in a new high-tech, vulgar-scientific, mind and soul enslaving and human exterminating version. This was and is the aim of Nazism, regardless whether their “devotees” understands it or not. And that’s why it suits the ‘royals’ and ‘the elite’ so well and that is why such a catastrophic, massive, ‘social-psychological disorder’, is still called an ideology, and can continue to infiltrate the western societies and their social character, with its ‘empathy eroding’ and ‘dehumanizing’ tactics.
Nazism, we must therefore understand, is NOT just another ‘ideology’ and certainly not an answer against Capitalism. It is a skillfully manufactured ‘excuse’ for the intentional, organized ‘erosion of empathy’ and through that, the mass killings and the extermination of human beings. The labels ‘Nazism’ and ‘National-socialism’ have turned out to be just a political and social-economic camouflage, of sheer sadism, bloodthirst and misanthropy. NATO’s Nazi version of freedom is in fact Organized Evil against humanity. That’s how the entirety of Mankind must see it and its alike, and essentially that’s how Justice and the International Legal Authorities and Courts must treat it and its alike.
In this article, when I refer to Zionism I describe Rothschild’s version of Zionism (identical with ancient Phariseeism), which actually is more about the cultural “hijacking” of the true Jewish religion and its traditions, in order to serve an oligarchic banking-family’s aims for global power, with the current state of Israel as its shield and its vehicle towards this goal and with the USA and UK as its guards… There are Christian Zionists and Muslim Zionists no matter how strange that can sound, simply because today’s Rothschild-Zionism has not anything particular to do with the real Jewish religion (Moses people’s law) but only with the aims of those families and their plans with the state of Israel (Mammon’s doctrine). They consider themselves as “kings” and “emperors” of humanity and they are using Israel and the Jews in order to fulfill their quest for global dominance and to establish their positions as self appointed demigods of mankind.
Interview with Prof. John McMurtry
A world-renowned Canadian philosopher argues that the United States holds the world record of illegal killings of unarmed civilians and extrajudicial detention and torturing of prisoners who are detained without trial.
Prof. John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner.
“I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to violent bullying, more likely to draw a gun, more discriminatory against the dispossessed, and more arbitrarily vicious in normal behavior,” said McMurtry. “The US now leads the globe in an underlying civil war of the rich against the poor.”
“The US can … detain, kidnap and imprison without trial or indictment any US citizen or other citizen anywhere by designating them enemies to the US,” Prof. John McMurtry noted in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.
According to the Canadian intellectual, the United States statesmen have long supported dictatorial and tyrannical regimes and even funded and armed the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler in the period between 1939 and 1945.
John McMurtry is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada. In 2001, Prof. McMurtry was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contributions to the study of humanities and social sciences. His latest major works are his 15-year study, “The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure” and three monumental volumes commissioned by UNESCO for its Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems entitled “Philosophy and World Problems.” McMurtry’s articles and writings regularly appear on different newspapers and online magazines across the world.
Prof. McMurtry took part in an in-depth interview with FNA and responded to some questions regarding the U.S. project of the War on Terror, its military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan and the September 11, 2001 attacks. The following is the text of the interview.
Q: Prof. McMurtry; it was following the 9/11 attacks that the United States launched its project of War on Terror. The venture has so far cost the lives of thousands of innocent, unarmed civilians across the world, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya; however, the civilian cost of the Global War on Terror has been mostly ignored by the mainstream media and the politicians in the West. Why do you think they’ve overlooked the enormous rate of civilian casualties resulting from an endeavor which was purportedly aimed at exporting democracy and liberal values to the world?
A: In the US’s so-called War on Terror, by far the greatest and most systematic terrorization of civilians is in fact perpetrated by the US state itself. Unarmed citizens are murdered across the world as ‘collateral damage’, ‘illegal enemy combatants’ or other license of impunity. The US state conceives itself as above international law along with ally Israel, but this reality is taboo to report and so too all the killing and terrorization of civilians. One can truly say that “the historical record demonstrates the US is provably guilty of continual lawless mass murder of civilians across the world”, but the truth is unthinkable within the ruling ideological regime. Consider for example, the US-led deadly civil wars and coup d’etats in Venezuela and Ukraine as well as Libya and Syria. They mass terrorize and destroy societies into defenseless dependency so that their resources, lands and markets are “free” for transnational corporate exploitation. Yet the meaning is un-decoded. Ignorance is built into the syntax of acceptable thought.
Q: Many immigrants who seek refuge in United States from the four corners of the globe in search of a better and more prosperous life think of America as an absolutely free, democratic and open society with abundant opportunities for economic and social progress. However, you’ve argued, as many scholars did, that the United States is a police state. Would you please elaborate more on that? Do you believe that these immigrants and asylum-seekers are not told the whole truth about the United States or are somehow deceived?
A: Deception allies with ignorance. I define a police state as a society in which there is unlimited state power of armed force freely discharged without citizen right to stop it. While the men at the top always proclaim their devotion to the public good, an endless litany of crimes against human life is permitted by legally terrorist offices, central directives, and bureaucratic channels. Thus in “free and democratic America”, more citizens are caged than any country in the world, and over 80% have perpetrated no violence against [any] person. While the US accuses others of inhuman persecution and despotism, it holds the world records for caging non-violent people, for violent killings of civilians, for spy surveillance of everyone, and for mass murders of innocent people across international borders. Even kicking the tire of a VIP vehicle may be prosecuted as an act of “terrorism”. I have travelled alone with only backpack possession through the world, and have found no state in which police forces are more habituated to violent bullying, more likely to draw a gun, more discriminatory against the dispossessed, and more arbitrarily vicious in normal behavior. The US now leads the globe in an underlying civil war of the rich against the poor.
Q: What’s your viewpoint on the recent laws and legislations that have stipulated limitations on the civil liberties of the U.S. citizens, including the PATRIOT Act of 2001, which was widely criticized and protested at? It’s seen as a discriminatory measure that violates the privacy of the American citizens and the foreign nationals traveling in the States. Isn’t it so?
A: The repression of civil rights by the US goes far deeper than violation of citizen privacy to which the media confine themselves. The Patriot Act together with other laws like the Military Commissions Act, the Defense Authorization Act, the Homeland Security Act and the Protect America Act, mutating to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, form a systematic curtailment of civil rights and freedoms. Spying on everyone across borders is the accompanying apparatus of the National Security Agency which has been recently exposed in its totalitarian global snooping and dirty tricks. Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers summarizes the post-9/11 situation in the US as “a coup … a steady assault on every fundamental of our Constitution for executive government to rule by decree”. What makes these new laws and licenses tyrannical is their selective suspension of established constitutional rights to habeas corpus, the right of the accused to see evidence against him/her, the right to one’s chosen legal defense, the right to trial without indefinite detention, and other rights of due process of law including to free speech and organization that can be construed as supporting “illegal enemies”. As to who these “illegal enemies” are, this is determined by the US president without legal criterion, proving evidence or verification required. The US can thus detain, kidnap and imprison without trial or indictment any US citizen or other citizen anywhere by designating them enemies to the US. This arbitrary power has most infamously instituted US presidential right to kill individuals and those around them at will by robot killer drones – all crimes against humanity and war crimes under international law, but again taboo to report in the mass media or question in international security meetings themselves.
Q: The U.S. government has traditionally supported the oppressive regimes that are widely considered as dictatorial and tyrannical. Some examples include the successive U.S. governments’ support for the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Israel. Isn’t such an approach contrary to the democratic principles which the U.S. Constitution is said to be oriented on?
A: Certainly the US has long supported dictatorial and tyrannical regimes. In fact US corporations and banks led the funding and arming of Hitler and the Nazis even during the 1939-45 War, and official US support of murderous dictatorships afterwards has been normalized since the CIA’s foundation in 1947. In the years since 9/11, US government has covertly directed funding and arming of the most destructive armed forces including jihadists, not only in the nations you mention, but in Syria and before that Libya, Iraq, Somalia, and Afghanistan and many much less known places like Mali. Ukraine has been similarly launched into civil war and escalated oppression by US-led destabilization, covert Special Forces, and local fascists.
Yet the US Constitution itself has no clear resource to prevent such international crimes, the founding US fathers themselves being mainly rich slave owners and leaders of the genocidal Western expansion against first peoples which England had forbidden in 1763. In fact, despite some stirring phrases without binding force, the ultimate concern of the US Constitution is the protection of private property and wealth at the top against the masses and democratic reversal. The ultimately governing value is profitable and unfettered private commerce, the “commerce clause” being the only way found to enforce the civil rights of Blacks. The opening slogans of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” seem inspiring except that happiness cannot be pursued, life needs do not ever enter into consideration, and liberty without the means to exercise it is nonsense.
Bear in mind that Supreme Court decisions have further granted the constitutional freedom of private money hoards to control politicians, public speech and elections themselves. Transnational corporations which are the global vehicles of the world’s ruling money sequences have at the same time multiplying powers with no obligations, while other societies’ rights have been effectively erased by international trade treaties which recognize only corporate rights and strip societies of their economic sovereignty and public resources. Corporate rights to dominate public speech and elections have been twisted out of even the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protecting the civil rights of ex-slaves. In short, a near total expropriation of rights by Big Money has shown how anti-democratic the US Constitution has been made. I think that only the rule of life-protective law with the force of international law can regulate this global money-power dictatorship back into coherence with life support requirements now violated at every level, with or without a revolutionary uprising.
Q: Over the course of 20th century, the United States has been involved in several covert foreign regime change actions, and as the Foreign Policy magazine notes, it has toppled seven governments in the last 100 years through masterminding and engineering coups across the world, including the 1953 coup d’etat against the popular government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh or the 1973 coup in Chile that brought down the government of President Salvador Allende. Is such sponsorship of coups and regime change actions the characteristic feature of a democratic, peace-loving government?
A: There has been almost no coup or government overthrow since 1945 not led by the US. The examples you give of Mosaddegh and Allende are sea-changes of history in which elected, socially responsible and peaceful governments led by men of the very highest quality have been criminally usurped. This perpetual and increasing destabilization of other states and societies along with other gravely degenerate trends are systematically tracked in my 15-year study The Cancer Stage of Capitalism/ from crisis to cure. In the US itself, the three powers of supreme legislature, executive and court are now all controlled by the same money party selecting for the same full-spectrum predation of life and life support systems everywhere to multiply themselves. Yet still the long record of the US state and its oligarch allies destroying societies across the world is unspeakable in the mass media because they themselves are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of societies everywhere. The carcinogenic global causal mechanism is ever more evident and catastrophic, but not recognized.
Q: More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, there are still several unanswered questions about the tragic event, including the origins and motives of the perpetrator, the role of foreign intelligence organizations in masterminding the attacks and the behind-the-scenes benefits of the attacks for the U.S. military-industrial complex. As you note in your writings, it was not Osama bin Laden who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks. Who is the real culprit? Did the 9/11 attacks play into the hands of the Bush administration to set in motion its lethal project of War on Terror and start invading different countries?
A: My recent monograph on the Internet, “The Moral Decoding of 9-11: Beyond the U.S. Criminal State” is a definitive answer to these questions. The turning-point event is laid bare step by step as a mass-murderous construction whose scenario is anticipated and contrived by US geostrategic planners with the official investigation completely concealing the basic fact that fireproofed steel infrastructures collapsed at the speed of gravity into their own footprints against the laws of physics. Moreover the first question of forensic justice – cui bono, who benefits? – is ruled out from the start, although every subsequent policy, decision and new power served the interests of the Bush Jr. regime and the US military-oil complex against the welfare of the American public and the world, especially Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.
Unfortunately conspiracy theories miss the inner logic of the strategic event and the system disorder driving it. The official conspiracy theory is absurd, but every disbeliever in it is pilloried as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ – the reverse projection which is the signature operation of US propaganda. Always blame others for what the US does as the reason for attacking them. One might laugh at the same old propaganda psy-op and fabrications trotted out endlessly, but the terrible reality is the 9/11 construction has had effectively sabotaged international progress in solving the world’s gravest problems. It has dismantled the global peace movement that was reaching an historical peak in 2001 to stop US-led militarism after the Cold War. It has successfully suppressed world-wide uprisings against a US-led global corporate dictatorship despised and opposed by ever more citizens across America, Europe and the world. It has even formed the draconian laws and police practices needed to squash the world-wide environmental movement across the world at same time. 9/11 has, in short, vastly empowered the corporate money system devouring human and planetary life by falsifying opponents as “terrorists”. But who joins the dots of the Great Repression?
Q: Since its inception 66 years ago, CIA has been involved in numerous covert sabotage, anti-sabotage, assassination, propaganda, destruction and subversion plans against other countries, and during the course of all these covert actions, it has violated different internationally recognized treaties and regulations as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of these nations. Are these actions and gambits legal or illegal? If they are illegal, then why doesn’t any international organization investigate the crimes and hold the U.S. government accountable?
A: Yes this is a turning-point issue of the world. But the US record as a rogue state is unspeakable in the mass media because they are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of the world by threat of trade-investment embargo and the point of the gun of US and NATO forces. This is what the lawless but unnamed US reign of terror achieves – not only by war crimes and crimes against humanity, but by economic ruin for any society resisting transnational trade treaties and demands which recognize only foreign corporate rights to profit. If the underlying causal mechanism is taboo to recognize, unaccountability is the result. Blame is instead diverted to US-designated enemies – like Iran or Russia or Venezuela – and the society-destroying disorder rampages on.
In fact there are many life-protective international laws to hold the US accountable to, but every one of them is repudiated by the US so as not to apply to itself ; laws and conventions against nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines, small arms, international ballistic missiles, torture, racism, sexism, child abuse, arbitrary seizure and imprisonment, crimes against humanity and war crimes, military weather distortions, biodiversity loss, and international climate destabilization. Yet this record remains taboo to track or publish even as the US demonizes others for “defying the laws and norms of the international community”.
The US and ally Israel thus violate the laws against armed aggression, occupation and crimes against humanity at will, but who even knows or cites the laws? For example, when the US was about to perpetrate the supreme crime of invasion against Iraq in 2003 with no lawful grounds, no-one raised the issue at the Security Council, including the Iraqi diplomat there. As one who later debated on Canadian public television a leading US geostrategic analyst three days before the criminal bombing of Baghdad began, my statement that he was “advocating war crime and should be arrested for doing so” was deleted from the live broadcast. The cornerstone of international law is thus silenced while the media go on calling opponents “unpatriotic” or “terrorists” – as in Nazi Germany. If law-abiding states do not stand and join for the rule of international life-protective law, there seems no end.
The “European Gendarmerie Force” Project: EU Creates Legal Framwork For “Military Use” against its Citizens
by Andrej Hunko
The EU creates a legal framework for Europe-wide deployment of police and military units. At the same time, the EU Commission is working intensively on the creation of a single EU police unit as well as an EU public prosecutor.
The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien; police forces with military status are to be used.
The founding countries of the EUROGENDFOR include Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. We provide our services to the police unit of the EU, NATO or the UN.
“The ‘solidarity clause’ is redundant, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in case of disasters. Secondly, the clause amplifies the course to a militarization of domestic politics, since upon request the military can be used in another Member State.
“On Tuesday, the representatives of the EU Member States in the Council adopted a decision on the so-called ‘solidarity clause’. Were a disaster or a loosely defined crisis to occur, the organs of the European Union would be obliged to assist using all the instruments at their disposal. This includes military resources”, warned Member of the Bundestag Andrej Hunko.
The proposal on ‘arrangements for the implementation by the Union of the Solidarity Clause’ was jointly presented by the Commission and the EU High Representative in 2012. A country can invoke the “solidarity clause” if a crisis “overwhelms its response capacities”. Mention is made of operational, policy and financial instruments and structures.
Andrej Hunko continued:
“The adoption at the General Affairs Council took place in secret: the point was not mentioned on the agenda of the meeting. The press was not informed. Yet this is one of the most controversial clauses contained in the EU treaties. That is precisely the reason why agreement on the details of the solidarity clause was postponed to a later point at the time of the signature of the Lisbon Treaty.
The ‘solidarity clause’ boosts the role of the two intelligence-service-style EU situation centres. But it also creates the legal framework for deployment of the special police units of the ‘ATLAS network’ being developed by the Commission. From Germany, the GSG 9 is involved; last year this Federal Police Special Forces unit was able to head a large-scale ATLAS exercise encompassing several countries for the first time.
The ‘solidarity clause’ is superfluous, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in disaster situations. At the same time, however, the clause strengthens the course towards militarisation of home-affairs policy, since military personnel can be sent to another Member State on request.
I am concerned that this is about the home-affairs version of the Article 5 clause on mutual defence: it would apply in situations which ‘may have an adverse impact on people, the environment or property’. Even politically motivated blockades in the areas of energy and transport and general strikes are covered.
The text explicitly refers to crises which originate outside the territory of the Member States.
The Left Party parliamentary group rejects this blurring of the lines between internal and external security. Instead of militarisation of home-affairs policy through the deployment of military forces inside other Member States, we need reinforcement of the civilian mechanisms of solidarity within the EU.”
Press release of 24 June 2014 by the General Affairs Council:
Speech given July 5, 2009
At Socialism 2009, San Francisco
Haymarket Books, International Socialist Review, Socialist Worker
“Building a New Left for a New Era”
Sponsored by Center for Economic Research and Social Change.
Transcribed by Rady Ananda (with subtitles, links and graphics added)
MC: So I’m going to turn it over to Mr. Pilger (applause).
John Pilger: Thank you. (applause) Great. Great. Thank you (laughs). It’s so good to be here. Thank you for the invitation to be here to speak and especially to my friend, Anthony Arnove. I’m delighted especially to be here on the Fourth of July, which is an appropriate day to talk about “Empire, Obama and America’s Last Taboo.” I’m sorry the title’s a bit wordy but I couldn’t get it down to something as it should be.
Now, two years ago, I spoke at Socialism in Chicago about an invisible government, which is a term used by Edward Bernays, one of the founders of modern propaganda. It was Bernays who, in the 1920s, invented public relations as a euphemism for propaganda. And it was Bernays, deploying the ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud, who campaigned on behalf of the tobacco industry for women to take up smoking as an act of feminist liberation, calling cigarettes “torches of freedom.” [Image at Torches of Freedom.]
At the same time, he was involved in the disinformation that was critical in overthrowing the Arbenz government in Guatemala. So you have the association of cigarettes and regime change.
The invisible government that Bernays had in mind brought together all media – PR, the press, broadcasting, advertising – and their power of branding and image-making, in other words, disinformation.
And I suppose I’d like to talk today about this invisible government’s most recent achievement: the rise of Barack Obama and the silencing of much of the Left.
~3:00 Americanism Then
But all of this has a history, of course, and I’d like to go back, take you back some 40 years to a sultry and a, for me, very memorable day in Vietnam. I was a young war correspondent who had just arrived in the village in the Central Highlands called Tweelong (sp). My assignment was to write about a unit of U.S. Marines who had been sent to the village to win hearts and minds.
“My orders,” said the Marine sergeant, “are to sell the American way of liberty as stated in the Pacification Handbook. This is designed to win the hearts and minds of folks as stated on page 86.”
Page 86 was headed in capital letters, “WHAM” – winning hearts and minds. The Marine unit was a combined action company “which,” explained the sergeant, meant, and I quote, “We attack these folks on Mondays and we win their hearts and minds on Tuesdays.”
He was joking, of course, but not quite. The sergeant who didn’t speak Vietnamese had arrived in the village, stood up in a jeep, and said thru a bullhorn, “Come on out, Everybody. We got rice and candies and toothbrushes to give you.”
This was greeted by silence.
“Now listen, either you gooks come on out or we’re gonna come right in there and get you.”
Now the people of Tweelong finally came out and they stood in line to receive packets of Uncle Ben’s miracle rice, Hershey bars, party balloons, and several thousand toothbrushes. Three portable, battery-operated, yellow, flush lavatories were held back for the arrival of the colonel. And when the colonel arrived that evening, the District Chief was summoned, and the yellow flush lavatories unveiled. The colonel cleared his throat and took out a hand-written speech.
“Mr. District Chief, and all you nice people,” said the colonel. “What these gifts represent is more than the sum of their parts. They carry the spirit of America.” (Audience laughs)
I’m, I promise you I’m quoting verbatim.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, there’s no place on Earth like America. It’s the land where miracles happen. It’s a guiding light for me and for you. In America, you see, we count ourselves as real lucky, as having the greatest democracy the world has ever known, and we want you nice people to share in our good fortune.”
Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, even John Winthrop’s “City Upon a Hill” got a mention. All that was missing was the Star Spangled Banner playing softly in the background. Of course, the villagers had no idea what the colonel was talking about. But when the Marines clapped, they clapped. And when the colonel waved, the children waved.
And when he departed, the colonel shook the sergeant’s hand and said, “We’ve got plenty of hearts and minds here. Carry on, Sergeant.”
In Vietnam, I witnessed many scenes like that. I’d grown up in faraway Australia on a cinematic diet of John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan. The American way of liberty they portrayed might well have been lifted from the WHAM Handbook.
I’d learned that the United States had won World War II on its own and now led the free world as the chosen society. It was only later when I read Walter Lippman’s book Public Opinion, a manual of the invisible government, that I began to understand the power of emotions attached to false ideas and bad histories on a grand scale.
~7:25 Americanism Now
Now historians call this exceptionalism: the notion that the United States has a divine right to bring what it calls liberty to the rest of humanity. Of course, this is a very old refrain. The French and British created and celebrated their own civilized missions while imposing colonial regimes that denied basic civil liberties.
However, the power of the American message was and remains different. Whereas the Europeans were proud imperialists, Americans are trained to deny their imperialism. As Mexico was conquered and the Marines sent to Nicaragua, American textbooks referred to an age of innocence. American motives were always well-meaning, moral, exceptional.
As the colonel said, “There was no ideology, they said.” And that’s still the case.
Americanism is an ideology that is unique, because its main feature is its denial that it is an ideology. It’s both conservative and it’s liberal. And it’s Right and it’s Left. And Barack Obama is its embodiment.
Since Obama was elected, leading liberals have talked about America returning to its true status as, and I quote:
“A nation of moral ideals.”
Those are the words of Paul Krugman, the liberal columnist of the New York Times. In the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Mark Morford wrote, and I quote:
“Spiritually advanced people regard the new president as a lightworker who can help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”
Tell that to an Afghan child whose family has been blown away by a bomber’s bombs, or a Pakistani child whose house has been visited by one of Obama’s drones, or a Palestinian child surveying the carnage in Gaza caused by American smart weapons, which, disclosed Seymour Hersh, were resupplied to Israel for use in the slaughter, and I quote:
“… only after the Obama team let it be known it would not object.”
The man who stayed silent on Gaza is the man who now condemns Iran. In a sense, Obama is the myth that is America’s last taboo. His most consistent theme was never ‘change.’ It was power.
“The United States,” he said, and I quote, “leads the world in battling immediate evils and promoting the ultimate good. We must lead by building a 21st Century military to ensure the security of our people and advance the security of all people.”
And there is this remarkable statement, and I quote:
“At moments of great peril in the past century, our leaders ensured that America, by deed and by example, led and lifted the world, that we stood and fought for the freedoms sought by billions of people beyond our borders.”
Words like these remind me of the colonel in the village in Vietnam, as he spun much the same nonsense. Since 1945, by deed and by example, to use Obama’s words, America has overthrown 50 governments, including democracies, and crushed some 30 liberation movements, and bombed countless men, women and children to death.
I’m grateful to Bill Blum for his cataloging of that.
~11:30 Obama and Empire
And yet here is the 45th president of the United States, having stacked his government with warmongers and corporate fraudsters and polluters from the Bush and Clinton eras, promising not only more of the same, but a whole new war in Pakistan, justified by the clichés of Hillary Clinton – clichés like, “high value targets.”
Within three days of his inauguration, Obama was ordering the death of people in faraway countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
And, yet, the peace movement, it seems, is prepared to look the other way and believe that the cool Obama will restore, as Krugman wrote, “the nation of moral ideals.”
Not long ago, I visited the American Museum of History in the celebrated Smithsonian Institute in Washington. One of the most popular exhibitions was called, “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War.” It was holiday time and lines of happy people, including many children shuffled through a Santa’s Grotto of war and conquest. (laughter)
When messages about their nation’s great mission were lit up, these included tributes to the, and I quote, “exceptional Americans who saved a million lives” in Vietnam, where they were “determined to stop communist expansion.” In Iraq, other brave Americans, “employed air strikes of unprecedented precision.”
What was shocking was not so much the revisionism of two of the epic crimes of modern times, but the sheer scale of omission.
Like all U.S. presidents, Bush and Obama have very much in common. The wars of both presidents, and the wars of Clinton and Reagan, Carter and Ford, Nixon and Kennedy, are justified by the enduring myth of exceptional America – a myth the late Harold Pinter described as, and I quote:
“A brilliant, witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”
~13:50 Obama is a corporate marketing creation
The clever young man who recently made it to the White House is a very fine hypnotist, partly because it is indeed extraordinary to see an African American at the pinnacle of power in the land of slavery.
However, this is the 21st Century, and race, together with gender and even class, can be very seductive tools of propaganda. For what is so often overlooked and what matters, I believe, above all, is the class one serves.
George Bush’s inner circle from the State Department to the Supreme Court was, perhaps, the most multiracial in presidential history. It was PC par excellence. Think Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell. It was also the most reactionary.
Obama’s very presence in the White House appears to reaffirm the moral nation. He’s a marketing dream. But like Calvin Klein or Benetton, he is a brand that promises something special, something exciting, almost risqué, as if he might be radical, as if he might enact change. He makes people feel good. He’s a post-modern man with no political baggage. And all that’s fake.
In his book, Dreams from My Father, Obama refers to the job he took after he graduated from Columbia in 1983. He describes his employer as, and I quote, “a consulting house to multinational corporations.” For some reason, he doesn’t say who his employer was or what he did there. The employer was Business International Corporation, which has a long history of providing cover for the CIA with covert action, and infiltrating unions on the Left. I know this because it was especially active in my own country, Australia. Obama doesn’t say what he did at Business International and there may be absolutely nothing sinister, but it seems worthy of inquiry, and debate, as a clue to, perhaps, who the man is.
During his brief period in the Senate, Obama voted to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He voted for the Patriot Act. He refused to support a bill for single payer healthcare. He supported the death penalty. As a presidential candidate, he received more corporate backing than John McCain. He promised to close Guantanamo as a priority, but instead he’s excused torture, reinstated military commissions, kept the Bush gulag intact, and opposed habeas corpus.
Daniel Ellsberg, the great whistleblower, was right, I believe, when he said that under Bush a military coup had taken place in the United States, giving the Pentagon unprecedented powers. These powers have been reinforced by the presence of Robert Gates, a Bush family crony and George W. Bush’s powerful Secretary of Defense, and by all the Bush Pentagon officials and generals who have kept their jobs under Obama.
In the middle of a recession with millions of Americans losing their jobs and homes, Obama has increased the military budget. In Colombia, he is planning to spend $46 million on a new military base that will support a regime backed by death squads and further the tragic history of Washington’s intervention in that region.
In a pseudo-event in Prague, Obama promised a world without nuclear weapons to a global audience mostly unaware that America is building new tactical nuclear weapons designed to blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional war. Like George Bush, he used the absurdity of Europe threatened by Iran to justify building a missile system aimed at Russia and China.
In another pseudo-event, at the Annapolis Naval Academy – decked with flags and uniforms – Obama lied that America had gone to Iraq to bring freedom to that country. He announced that the troops were coming home. This was another deception. The head of the army, General George Casey says, with some authority, that America will be in Iraq for up to a decade. Other generals say 15 years.
Chris Hedges, a very fine author of Empire of Illusion, puts it very well:
“President Obama,” he wrote, “does one thing and Brand Obama gets you to believe another. This is the essence of successful advertising. You buy or do what the advertiser wants because of how they make you feel.”
And so you are kept in a perpetual state of childishness. He calls this junk politics.
~19:14 The Left Is Crippled, Co-opted
But I think the real tragedy is that Obama the Brand appears to have crippled or absorbed much of the anti-war movement, the peace movement. Out of 256 Democrats in Congress, 30 – just 30 – are willing to stand up against Obama’s and Nancy Pelosi’s war party. On June the 16th, they voted for $106 billion for more war.
The Out of Iraq Caucus is out of action. Its members can’t even come up with a form of words of why they are silent. On March the 21st, the demonstration at the Pentagon by the once mighty United for Peace and Justice drew only a few thousand. The outgoing president of the UPJ, Lesley Kagen, says her people aren’t turning up because, and I quote,
“It’s enough for many of them that Obama has a plan to end the war and that things are moving in the right direction.”
And where is the mighty MoveOn these days? Where is its campaign against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what exactly was said when MoveOn’s executive director, Jason Ruben, met Barack Obama at the White House in February?
Yes, a lot of good people mobilized for Obama. But what did they demand of him?
Working to elect a Democratic Presidential candidate may seem like activism, but it isn’t. Activism doesn’t give up. Activism doesn’t fall silent. Activism doesn’t rely on the opiate of hope.
Woody Allen once said, “I felt a lot better when I gave up hope.” (laughter)
I like that.
Real activism has little time for identity politics, which, like exceptionalism, can be fake. These are distractions that confuse and sucker good people. And not only in the United States, I can assure you.
I write for the Italian socialist newspaper, Il Manefesto, or rather, I used to write for it. In February I sent the editor an article which raised questions about Obama as a progressive force. The article was rejected. “Why?” I asked.
“For the moment,” wrote the editor, “we prefer to maintain a more positive approach to the novelty presented by Obama. We will take on specific issues, but we would not like to say that he will make no difference.”
In other words, an American President drafted to promote the most rapacious system in history is ordained and depoliticized by important sections of the Left.
It’s a remarkable situation – remarkable because those on the so-called Radical Left have never been more aware, more conscious, of the iniquities of power. The Green Movement, for example, has raised the consciousness of millions, so that almost every child knows something about global warming. And yet, there seems to be a resistance within the Green Movement to the notion of power as a military force, a military project.
And, perhaps similar observations can also be made about sections of the feminist movement and the gay movement and, certainly, the union movement.
One of my favorite quotations is from Milan Kundera:
“The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
We should never forget that the primary goal of great power is to distract and limit our natural desire for social justice and equity and real democracy.
~ 23:38 Latin America, Africa and Israel
Long ago, Edward Bernays’ invisible government of propaganda elevated Big Business from its unpopular status as a kind of mafia to that of a patriotic driving force. The American Way of Life began as an advertising slogan. The modern image of Santa Claus was an invention of Coca Cola.
Today, we are presented with an extraordinary opportunity. Thanks to the crash of Wall Street and the revelation from many ordinary people that the “Free Market” has nothing to do with freedom, the opportunity within our grasp is to recognize that something is stirring in America that is unfamiliar, perhaps, to many of us on the Left, but is related to a great popular movement that’s growing all over the world.
Look down at Latin America. Less than twenty years ago, there was the usual despair, the usual divisions of poverty, and freedom, the usual thugs in uniform, uniforms running unspeakable regimes. Today, for the first time perhaps in 500 years, there’s a people’s movement based on the revival of indigenous cultures and language – a genuine populism.
The recent amazing achievements in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay represent a struggle for community and political rights that is truly historic – with implications for all of us.
The successes in Latin America are expressed perversely in the recent overthrow of the government of Honduras, because the smaller the country, the greater is the threat of a good example that the disease of emancipation will spread.
Indeed, right across the world, social movements and grassroots organization have emerged to fight “Free Market” dogma. They’ve educated governments in the South that food for export is a problem rather than a solution to global poverty. They’ve politicized ordinary people to stand up for their rights as in the Philippines and South Africa.
Look at the remarkable boycott disinvestments and sanctions campaign – BDS for short – aimed at Israel that’s sweeping the world. Israeli ships are being turned away from South Africa and Western Australia. A French company is being forced to abandon plans to build a railway connecting Jerusalem with illegal Israeli settlements. (applause) Israeli sporting bodies find themselves isolated. Universities in the United Kingdom have begun to sever ties with Israel.
This is how apartheid South Africa was defeated. And this is how the great wind of the 1960s began to blow. And this is how every gain has been won: the end of slavery, universal suffrage, workers’ rights, civil rights, environmental protection … The list goes on and on.
~27:05 United States: A Wind Is Blowing
And that brings us back here to the United States, as I believe something isstirring in this country. Are we aware that in the last eight months, millions of angry emails sent by ordinary Americans have flooded Washington. And I mean millions. People are outright outraged that their lives are attacked.
They bear no resemblance to the passive mass presented by the media. Look at the polls. More than two-thirds of Americans say the government should care for those who cannot care for themselves. Sixty-four percent would pay higher taxes to guarantee healthcare for everyone. Sixty percent are favorable towards unions. Seventy percent want nuclear disarmament. Seventy-two percent want the US completely out of Iraq and so on and so on.
But where is much of the Left? Where is the social justice movement? Where is the peace movement? Where is the civil rights movement? Ordinary Americans for too long have been misrepresented by stereotypes that are contemptuous.
James Madison referred to his compatriots in the public as “ignorant and meddlesome outsiders” and this contempt is probably as strong today among the elite as it was back then. That’s why the progressive attitudes of the public are seldom reported in the media – because they’re not ignorant; they’re subversive. They’re informed and they’re even anti-American.
I once asked a friend, the great American war correspondent and humanitarian,Martha Gellhorn, to explain the term ‘anti-American’ to me.
“I’ll tell you what anti-American is,” she said in her forceful way. “It’s what governments and their vested interests call those who honor America by objecting to war and the theft of resources, and believing in all of humanity.
“There are millions of these ‘anti-Americans’ in the United States. They are ordinary people. They are ordinary people who belong to no elite and who judge their government in moral terms, though they would call it ‘common decency.’ They are not vain. They are the people with a wakeful conscience, the best of America’s citizens. Sure, they disappear from view now and then but they are like seeds beneath the snow. I would say they are truly exceptional.”
Truly exceptional. I like that.
My own guess is that a populism is growing once again in America, evoking a powerful force beneath the surface which has a proud history. From such authentic grassroots Americanism came women’s suffrage, the eight-hour day, graduated income tax, public ownership of railways and communications, the breaking of the power of corporate lobbyists, and much more. In other words, real democracy.
The American populists were far from perfect, but they often spoke for ordinary people and they were betrayed by leaders who urged them to compromise and merge with the Democratic Party. That was long ago, but how familiar it sounds.
My guess is that something is coming again. The signs are there. Naom Chomsky is right when he says that mere sparks can ignite a popular movement that may seem dormant. No one predicted 1968. No one predicted the fall of apartheid, or the Berlin Wall, or the Civil Rights movement, or the great Latino rising of a few years ago.
I suggest that we take Woody Allen’s advice and give up on hope and listen, instead, to voices from below. What Obama and the bankers and the generals and the IMF and the CIA and CNN and BBC fear is ordinary people coming together and acting together. It’s a fear as old as democracy, a fear that suddenly people convert their anger to action as they’ve done so often throughout history.
“[In] a time of universal deceit,” wrote George Orwell, “telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
This speech is a much-expanded version of Mourn on the Fourth of July which appeared in The New Statesman.
Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east
The far-right parliamentary coalition in Kiev collapsed yesterday, as the Western-backed regime met with visiting Dutch and Australian officials to prepare a foreign military intervention in war-torn east Ukraine, under cover of investigating the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Fatherland Party) announced his resignation after the withdrawal from the coalition of the fascist Svoboda Party and the UDAR (“Punch”) party of boxer Vitaly Klitshcko. Yatsenyuk will remain as prime minister until either a new coalition is formed or after elections sometime later this year.
Billionaire oligarch and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko supported the dissolution of the government, claiming it would permit a “full-scale reset” of the Ukrainian state that Ukrainian society desires. Porsoshenko, who assumed office last month, is hoping that new elections, which Poroshenko can call if a new coalition is not formed in 30 days, will be an opportunity to strengthen his own grip on power.
The collapse of the parliamentary coalition points to the weakness of the regime that emerged from the February 22 putsch. As it prepares to support a Western military intervention in the civil war it is waging in east Ukraine, posing the risk of an escalation into a clash between NATO and Russia, the Kiev regime is preparing austerity measures demanded by the EU that will have a devastating impact on broad sections of the population throughout the country.
Under these conditions, the government cannot tolerate any political opposition, even from such establishment forces as the Stalinist Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU). Explaining his party’s decision to leave the government, Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok denounced the presence of pro-Russian forces (the KPU) in the Ukrainian legislature: “We believe that in the current situation, such a parliament which protects state criminals, Moscow agents, which refuses to strip immunity from those people who are working for the Kremlin, should not exist.”
These comments were apparently designed to increase pressure for a ban on the KPU. A party that supported the restoration of capitalism in the USSR, the KPU became an ally of the Party of the Regions of former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February’s Western-backed, fascist-led putsch that brought the current regime to power.
For his part, Parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Turchynov pledged to destroy the KPU. “We only have to tolerate this party for another day,” he said.
These statements came a day after KPU leader Peter Symonenko accused Svoboda members fighting in east Ukraine of killing Ukrainians and harvesting their organs for the illegal organ trade. Significantly, Svoboda did not even attempt to answer Symonenko’s charges. Instead, it responded by beating KPU legislators and trying to throw Symonenko out of the parliament.
KPU officials from the Donetsk region reported yesterday that a KPU official in the nearby village of Glinky, Vyacheslav Kovshun, had been tortured to death at a Ukrainian National Guard checkpoint in the night of July 22-23. He was stopped at the checkpoint, beaten, and repeatedly shot to the legs and chest. He was found dead.
These events point to the utterly reactionary character of the regime installed by the February putsch, which was carried out in close collaboration with Washington, Berlin, and their European allies. After the putsch, Svoboda officials filmed themselves beating Ukrainian television executives. Forces like Svoboda and the Right Sector militia—both of which glorify Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with Nazi SS units that carried out the Holocaust in Ukraine during World War II—now lead the Kiev regime’s forces in east Ukraine.
In his resignation speech yesterday, Yatsenyuk warned that the dissolution of his government might slow the pace of Kiev’s unpopular social cuts against the Ukrainian people to fund the civil war. These include billions of dollars in cuts to energy subsidies, social programs, and government workers’ wages, while not touching the hundreds of billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth held by the oligarchs.
“Who wants to go to elections and simultaneously vote for unpopular laws?” Yatsenyuk asked. “History will not forgive us. Our government now has no answer to the questions: how are we to pay wages, how are we tomorrow morning going to send fuel for armored vehicles, how will we pay those families who have lost soldiers, to look after the army?”
As the crisis of the Kiev regime mounts, the Western powers and their allies continue to push further to the right in their campaign against Moscow. While this campaign is led by the United States and Germany, all of Washington’s imperialist allies are moving aggressively against Russia—now spearheaded by the Australian and Dutch governments, which are cynically exploiting the large numbers of citizens they lost on the MH17 flight.
While Washington has been unable to substantiate any of its charges that Russia is responsible for the crash, and evidence increasingly points to involvement by the Kiev regime itself, Australia and the Netherlands are seizing on the crash to justify a provocative intervention in east Ukraine.
Yesterday, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Kiev to discuss a military deployment to east Ukraine, ostensibly to secure the MH17 crash site, which is in territory held by anti-Kiev regime forces.
The Netherlands announced they would send 40 unarmed military police to east Ukraine, while Australia is reportedly sending 50 police to London as a first stop on the way to Ukraine.
The Dutch government is reportedly waging an international diplomatic campaign to post hundreds of Dutch soldiers on the crash site—ostensibly to protect investigators from pro-Russian forces—with the support of the Dutch media.
In the Netherlands, Elsevier’s commentator Eric Vrijsen demanded that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte “threaten to send in these troops in order to up the pressure on the rebels and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And if he does this, he will probably have made up his mind to act on his threat …. The Dutch Special Forces (army commandos and the Marine Corps Marsofs) are internationally respected. Rutte doesn’t have these elite troops at his disposal for nothing.”
Such a deployment would be a reckless maneuver risking an escalation into a direct clash between NATO and pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine—that is, a NATO intervention in the Ukrainian civil war and the possible outbreak of war between NATO and Russia itself.
The threat of such a conflict erupting was underscored by rising border tensions between Ukraine and Russia. After Ukrainian forces shelled Russian border areas two weeks ago, killing one Russian civilian, Washington alleged yesterday that Russian forces are firing artillery from within Russia at Ukrainian military positions in east Ukraine.
Pressed again at a US State Department press briefing yesterday to provide some evidence for her claims, however, spokeswoman Marie Harf was unable to provide any. “This is just some pieces of info I’ve been able to get from our intelligence friends for you. I can’t tell you what it’s based on,” Harf said.
On April 27 2014, it was scheduled to start the destruction of 100 tonnes of chemical weapons of the 1400 tonnes that were sold to Syria by the War Industries. At the moment it is posponed… The decommissioning process, with the method of hydrolysis, is scheduled to take place in international waters between Crete (Greece), Libya, Italy and Malta, under the auspices of the UN, NATO and the European Union. This dangerous experiment will occur for the first time at sea, as the candidate countries, Albania, Belgium, Norway, etc., refused the destruction of these weapons on their territory, despite the strong countervailing benefits that they were offered.
The transport and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea violates the limitations laid down by the United Nations “Convention on the Law of the Sea” (UNCLOS 1982;http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/unclos_e.pdf) and the “London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter” (LC 1972; http://www.gc.noaa.gov/documents/gcil_lc.pdf), which have been adopted to protect the marine environment and to set up criteria for the transportation and dumping of toxic waste.
Scientists from Greece and Israel have already expressed serious concerns over the effectiveness of the method of hydrolysis to neutralise chemicals, such as sarin, mustard gas and VX (nerve gas), while the residues of this process are toxic waste. The consequences will be devastating for the marine and coastal ecosystems, for the people and the economy, as the Mediterranean is a closed sea with very slow water-renewal. Such an action does not respect the local communities of the Mediterranean, disregards the international treaties, and places at risk the highly sensitive ecosystems and marine species that live in the area.
The place and the way chosen for the destruction of the chemical weapons reveals once again the role that is determined for the Global South by the powerful capitalist economies and their local partners. This area has been selected to maintain the Warfare Economy through artificial economic and military conflicts; as the dumping site for the hazardous wastes of “development”; as a place where life has no value.
We do not accept the role they have assigned for us.
NO GEOPOLITICAL GAMES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE’S EXPENSE
WE DEMAND THAT YOU STOP NOW THE DESTRUCTION PROCESS OF CHEMICALS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
An Open Letter to the Graduates of West Point: Refuting President Obama’s Lies, Omissions and Distortions
Introduction: On May 2014 President Obama delivered the commencement address to the graduates of United States Military Academy at West Point. Beyond the easy banter and eulogy to past and present war heroes, Obama outlined a vision of past military successes and present policies, based on a profoundly misleading diagnosis of the current global position of the United States
The most striking aspect of his presentation is the systematic falsification of the results of past wars and current military interventions. The speech is notable for the systematic omissions of the millions of civilian deaths inflicted by US military interventions. He glosses over the growth of NSA, the global police state apparatus. He presents a grossly inflated account of the US role in the world economy. Worse of all he outlines an extremely dangerous confrontational posture toward rising military and economic powers, in particular Russia and China.
Distorting the Past: Defeats and Retreats Converted into Victories
One of the most disturbing aspects of President Obama’s speech is his delusional account of US military engagements over the past decade. His claim that, “by most measures America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world”, defies belief. After 13 years of warfare, the US has failed to defeat the Taliban. Washington is in full retreat and leaves behind a fragile puppet regime which will likely collapse. In Iraq the US was forced to withdraw after killing several hundred thousand civilians and fueling a sectarian war which has propelled a pro-Iranian regime to power. In Libya, the NATO war devastated the country, destroyed the Gadhafi government,thus undermining reconciliation, and bringing to power bands of terrorist Islamic groups profoundly hostile to the United States.
Washington’s effort to broker an accord between Palestine and Israel was a dismal failure, largely because of the Obama regime’s spineless attitude toward Israel’s land grabs, and new “Jews only” settlements. The craven pandering to the Jewish power configuration in Washington hardly speaks for the world’s “greatest power” … by any measure.
Through your economic studies you are surely aware that the US has been displaced by China in major markets in Latin America, Asia and Africa. China poses a major economic challenge: it does not have overseas bases, Special Forces’ operations in seventy-five countries; it does not pursue military alliances and does not militarily intervene in countries. Obama’s expansion of the US military presence off China’s coast speaks to an escalation of bellicose behavior, contrary to his assertions of “winding down” overseas military operations.
Obama speaks of defending “our core interests” militarily.Yet he threatens China over disputed piles of rocks in the South China Sea, overlooking the “core interests” of the 500 biggest US corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars invested in the most dynamic economy in the world and the second biggest trading nation.
Obama spoke of the threat of “terrorism” yet his policies have encouraged and promoted terrorism. Washington armed and promoted the Islamic terrorists which overthrew Gadhafi; backs the Islamic terrorists invading Syria; provides 1.5 billion in military aid to the Egyptian military dictatorship which is terrorizing the political opposition, via assassinations and arrests of thousands of political dissidents. The US backed the violent overthrow of the elected regime in the Ukraine and is backing the client regime’s terror bombing of the pro-democracy Eastern regions. Obama’s “anti-terrorism”rhetoric is in fact a cover for state terrorism, which closes the door on peaceful resolution of overseas conflicts, and leads to the multiplication of violent opposition groups.
Obama speaks to “our success in promoting partnerships in Europe and in the world at large”. Yet his bellicose policies toward Russia has deeply divided the US from the leading countries in the European Union. Germany has multi-billion dollar trade agreements with Russia and objects to harsh sanctions as does Italy, Holland and Belgium. Latin America has relegated the US centered Organization of American States to the dust bin of history and moved toward regional organizations which exclude the US. Washington has no “partners” backing its hostile policies toward Venezuela and Cuba. In Asia, Washington’s efforts to forge an economic bloc excluding China, runs against the deep and comprehensive ties that link South Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia to China. Washington’s closest partners are the least dynamic and most repressive: Israel, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in the Middle East; Egypt, Morocco and Algeria in North Africa; Colombia in Latin America ; and motley groups of sub-Sahara despots and Kleptocrats who squirrel billions of dollars into oversees bank accounts in New York and London far in excess of their countries’ health and educational budgets .
Obama’s diagnosis of the position of the US in the world is fundamentally flawed: he grossly understates the military losses, the decline of economic power,and the growing divisions between former regional allies .Above all he refuses to recognize the profound loss of faith by the majority of Americans in Washington’s foreign military and trade policies. The flawed diagnosis, the deliberate distortions of present global realities and the deep misreading of domestic public opinion cannot be overcome by new deceptions , bigger lies and the continuation and escalation of military interventions, in which you the newly minted officers will serve as cannon fodder.
Obama: Political Desperado in Search of an Imperial Legacy
Obama has marked a new phase in the escalation of a military centered foreign policy.He is presently engaged in a major military build-up of air and ground troops and military exercises in the Baltic States and Poland…all of which is pointing toward Russia and signaling that a possible ‘First Strike’ strategy is underway. Obama has been seized by a manic global military escalation..He is expanding naval forces off China’s coast. He has dispatched hundreds of Special Forces to Jordan to train and arm mercenaries invading Syria.He is intervening militarily in the Ukraine to bolster the Kiev regime.He has dispatched hundreds of military forces throughout Africa.He has allocated $1 billion for military expenditure along the European frontiers with Russia and $5 billion to boost the capacity of despotic regimes to repress popular insurgencies under the pretext of “fighting terrorism”.
Obama’s ‘vision’ of US foreign policy is clearly and unmistakably colored by a propensity to engage in highly dangerous military confrontations. His resort to multiple “Special Forces” operations, his increasing reliance on military proxies, is a reversion to 19th century colonial policies.Recruiting soldiers from one oppressed country to conquer another, is a throwback to old style empire building. When Obama speaks of “American leadership, as indispensable for world order” he deceives no one. The Washington centered world order is disintegrating. Disorder is the consequence of military intervention attempting to delay the inevitable.
The Obama Administration’s involvement in the violent coup in the Ukraine is a case in point: as a consequence of the rise to power of a junta headed by a billionaire “President”,power sharing with neo-fascists that country is disintegration, civil war rages and the economy is bankrupt. Obama’s war on Libya has led to a Hobbesian world in which warlords fight jihadists over shrinking oil sales. In Syria US backed ‘rebels’ have destroyed the economy and the social fabric of civil society.
No major country in South America follows US ‘leadership’. Even in the United States few American citizens back Obama’s hostile policies to Cuba and Venezuela.
Obama’s duplicitous rhetoric of talking peace and preparing wars has lost credibility. Obama is preparing to commit you, the newly commissioned officers of West Point, to new overseas wars opposed by the majority of Americans.
Obama will send you to war zones in which you will be pitted against popular insurgencies, in which you will be despised by the surrounding population. You will be asked to defend an Administration which has pillaged the Treasury to bail out the 15 biggest banks, who paid $78 billion dollars in fines between 2012 – 2013 for fraud and swindles and yet their CEO’s received double digit pay increases . You will be told to fight wars for Israel in the Middle East. You will be ordered to command bases in Poland and missles aimed at Russia.You will be sent to the Ukraine to advise neo-Nazis in the National Guard. You will be told to subvert Latin American military officials in hopes of inciting a military coup and converting independent progressive governments into neo-liberal client states.
Obama’s vision does not resonate with your hopes for an America committed to democracy, freedom and development. You face the choice of serving a political desperado intent on launching unjust wars at the behest of billionaire swindlers and armchair militarists or resigning your commission and joining the majority of American people who believe that America’s “leadership” should be directed at reducing the wealth and power of an unelected oligarchy in this country.
About James Petras
He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.
His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).
He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.