Posts Tagged ‘imperialism’

America is Arming Brutal Dictators

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Glenn Greenwald wrote a concise exposé into the hypocrisy surrounding Bahrain and the United States. As Greenwald details, the gap between President Obama’s words and the actions of his administration is quite substantial.

Here’s the abbreviated version:

President Obama, March 19, 2011:

We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.

Reuters, March 16, 2011:

At least five protesters have been killed and hundreds wounded in a crackdown by Bahraini forces on Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch, yesterday:

Leading [Bahraini] political opposition figures have been sentenced to long prison terms, in some cases for life, solely for their role in organizing the large street protests.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, September 14, 2011:

[America's] DSCA notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bahrain for Armored High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, TOW Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support worth an estimated $53 million.

So, why on earth would the American government sell weapons to merciless thugs who will, most certainly, use them on the civilian population? Well, the answer is in the DSCA’s press release itself:

This proposed sale will … improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

In other words, Bahrain is loyal to America and it’s largest corporations. As long as the tiny country’s corrupt regime keeps playing the game, any butt-kickings issued by Bahrain’s security forces are free to be stamped with MADE IN THE USA.

Oh, btw, America is at War with Yemen Now

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The Obama administration has intensified America’s covert war in Yemen, attacking militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets.

Yeah, because that’s what the United States needs… another open ended war to further deplete their economy.

Aren’t the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan enough to satiate American war-mongers?

And now, with France and the UK pushing to turn Syria into the next Libya, it seems the entire Middle East will soon be fair game for Western military might.

Except, of course, for the nations allied with the US, like Bahrain, whose brutal suppression has garnered more dissent from Formula One Racers than from Western leaders.

Man… what happened to all the pomp before the war? Remember the lead up to Iraq? There was all those hearings with the Anthrax bottle and mushroom clouds, like they actually cared what the American public thought.

And at least with Libya there was still some fan fare. The Defense industry managed some time beforehand, massaging the public into supporting actions in defense of the Libyan people.

But here we have the US War Machine, fully penetrated into Yemeni territory, without so much as a courtesy cajoling.  It’s like they don’t even care anymore.

 

Chomsky: US Fears Arab Democracy

Friday, May 13th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpLm2-mu_0E

The notorious Noam Chomsky gave another of his eloquent speeches this week at FAIR‘s 25th anniversary celebration, supporting his thesis that “the U.S. & its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab World.”

The main reason America doesn’t truly support a free Middle East, says Chomsky, is because “an overwhelming majority of the [Arab World] population regards the United States as the main threat to their interests.”

Instead of supporting democracy, the US’s policy is to prop up strong men to keep the people in check, as described by Professor Chomsky:

“If the dictators support us, and the population is under control, then what’s the problem? This is like imperialism. What’s the problem if it works? As long as they can control their populations, fine. They can have campaigns of hatred; our friendly dictators will keep them under control. It just doesn’t matter what the population thinks, as long as they’re under control. If actions correspond to our strategic and economic objectives, that’s OK.”

For starters, it is very nice of Noam to validate yesterday’s post that argues how human rights violations will go unnoticed as long as the perpetrators maintain their political allegiances to America.

Furthermore, it’s certainly true that the US fears democracy in the Middle East, because American interests pretty much fear democracy anywhere on earth.

Right now, tremendous wealth and power is allowed to concentrate into the hands of a few people who sit atop the system. This would never be permitted to persist if the voice of humankind were truly heeded, hence America’s policy of supporting dictators and quashing democracy.

Fortunately for the rest of us, the days of oligarchy are drawing to an end. Humankind has been gaining new tools and forms of empowerment, and we’re set to usher in a new age of equality and prosperity for everyone on earth.

Try as they may, earth’s elites will falter when the human race awakens and embarks on an entirely new era.

Truth Hurts. Lies Kill.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGTJq8LnIQg

(Gripping musical score? Check. Moving imagery? Check. Enticing speaker? Check. Well then, must be a powerful video.)

Having lived in Iraq as a young girl, and raised by a Jewish mother and Muslim father, peace activist Dr. Dahlia Wasfi has a unique perspective on the conflicts in the Middle East. As an advocate of “immediate, unconditional withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan”, her insights should garner more gravitas than that of many outsiders.

Here’s a few more of her thoughts:

“We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression because all of this carnage has been done in our name. Since World War II, 90% of the casualties of war have been unarmed civilians, 1/3 of them children. Our victims have done nothing to us.”

“They don’t hate us because of our freedom. They hate us because everyday we are funding and committing crimes against humanity. To most of the world, we are the terrorists.”

“Remaining silent on our responsibility to the world and its future of the world is criminal.”

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. Never has, never will.”