This is a scene out of a Spaghetti Western. The firing squad has formed and is closing in on its target. Ready. Aim. You know the rest.
As the USA spirals downward lets just say a few world leaders are probably snickering under their breath
and wondering why it took so long. If Osama bin Laden was the real culprit behind the 9/11 collapse, he may have fired the shot, but we (I should say they
) stood in front of the bullet. Cuz I didn’t have anything to do with this mess. I didn’t vote for Bush and I have written many scathing letters of condemnation to the Democrats who’ve enabled and actively supported his policies. This is not a summer blockbuster where Will Smith saves the day – unless he’s playing a newly elected Obama (wink)
empowered by non-warmongering politicians in the House and Senate. We can hope!! Ding Dong the Wicked Witch Is Dead!! Indeed.
The 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations
met last week in New York. I highly recommend people take a few moments to read through the speeches and I believe there’s video posted on Youtube as well. How prescient that Heads of State were here to witness the Fall of the Empire. This is a plot
straight out of Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones and a revisiting of past historical events.
Observers believe that Palpatine’s rise to power is very similar to that of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany; as Chancellor of Germany, the latter was granted “emergency powers”, as was Chancellor Palpatine. Comparisons have been made to Octavian — who became Augustus, the first emperor of Rome — and to Napoleon Bonaparte, who rose to power in France from 1796 to 1799. Octavian was responsible for the deaths of several hundred political opponents well before he was granted tribunician powers; Bonaparte was appointed First Consul for life (and later Emperor) by the French Consulate after a failed attempt on his life and the subsequent coup of 18 Brumaire in 1799. Some have drawn parallels to the American Civil War, likening the Separatists to the Confederate States of America; the official name of the Separatist group is the “Confederacy of Independent Systems”. The name of the government Army, the “Grand Army of the Republic”, is the same in both Star Wars and the American Civil War, and both Palpatine and Lincoln took extensive warmaking powers and suspended many civil rights.
But hold up!!! How does this apply to what’s going on today? Aside from the Patriot Act and FISA shredding our all-hallowed but selectively followed Constitution? Well the US has been planning for has a naval blockade of Iran. Congress barely defeated HCR 362 with the intention of slowing the Bush Neo-Con doctrine of annihilation – phew. (Update 10/8 I got it wrong I thought it has passed). Without UN approval such an action would be viewed as an unofficial declaration of war.
Here’s the kicker:
Congress “demands that the President initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by . . . prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the suspension of Iran’s nuclear program . . .”
Why would any member of Congress (or Senate) give Bush the benefit of the doubt about ANYTHING is behind my grasp of reality. Doesn’t Dr. Phil say the greatest indicator of future behavior is looking at past behavior? And he’s a tv hack pop psycho(logist)! He has a point here though. Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis has the US engaged in a blockade of a sovereign nation. We know how well that turned out!
Here’s Bob Woodward’s take on Iran in a discussion last Friday with Bill Maher.
The corporate media is not discussing it – surprise surprise. Israeli newspapers are busting a nut over this and ready to go, though so expect this to come up again. Hopefully an Obama administration will bring a truly concerted effort at peace. If McCain gets in by hook or by crook all bets are off. Israel is allowed to have as many nukes as they want without question. Why can’t other countries? I wonder how different the world would be today had Cuba gotten its nuclear weapons from Russia? I bet the US would’ve been a whole lot nicer!
What’s good for the goose
is good for the gander
. Both govt’s are being heavily influenced by a few power-mad individuals who want to be rid of anyone who doesn’t agree with their agenda. Meanwhile the people (you know us
) want peace
. Don’t cut off people’s water supply or bulldoze them. Maybe the next person won’t feel so desperate that they have to blow themselves up and take as many ‘enemies’ with them as they can. In case anyone’s still falling for the Georgia is a victim of Russia okey doke know this: their airfields will be used in a strike against Iran.
Fun times for all, huh?
I have never understood how a person who’s been violated would turn around and treat other people just as horribly, but we can find many examples of the walking wounded who are willing to harm some in retaliation for things another person did to them. Certain Black men in this country see fit to prey on Black women and children without batting an eye for example. These individuals usually aren’t able to form gov’ts and receive billions in financial and military aid, however. Sometimes they are allowed to have a platform in the media though to wage a cultural war instead. We can no longer make excuses for such a violation.
I am all for doing internal work on our mindsets and motivations. We should confront our traumas and take personal responsibility for future choices. This is an ongoing effort we can utilize and maintain. We’ve got some serious, dangerous and expensive actions going on right now that our gov’t is doing behind our backs but in plain sight for those of us willing to do a little digging.
Who benefits from this? Does starting a war with Iran (0r Venezuela) mean you and I will be safer – or does it mean a reign of fire of contempt will flow freely from the rest of the world? Is China going to loan the gov’t money for this? How does the McCain plan for an additional $400B in Corporate Welfare help put our economy back together? This country is BROKE. BROKEDY-BROKE!! Will the dollar be worth 10 cents by the year 2012? Do you think I’m joking about this?
I’d much rather write about my day in the park with my dog or how great a deal I got on the copper cookware I received while in France but I may never get to do those things if these violence obsessed greedy liars take over the world and all of our freedom with it.
And in case you think that is bad enough I’d like to know why Bush has recalled combat troops from Iraq to patrol the US
with a pending election to be held in November? Was this how the Bailout got passed? Do you think this will be covered in the Presidential debate tonight? It should be!!!
I still believe in the power of good over evil, but knowledge is power.