Obama supporters get excited about his re-election and the American dream
I have to admit, as Presidential acceptance speeches go, Obama’s acceptance speech was impressive. It was emotionally provocative (for Americans and non-Americans alike), it was full of hope, calls to action and the collective responsibility of “we the people”. It was all about pumping popular pride in the great United States of America, as the greatest nation on earth. It pushed all the right emotional buttons for Americans and reminded them about everything they have been programmed to believe, since childhood, about the country they live in. It was all about the American dream and the American myth. Obama claimed he has “never been more hopeful about our future, never been more hopeful about America.” and proclaimed that “the best is yet to come.” In short, it was a bunch of jingoistic nonsense that flew in the face of the reality of life in the USA and what it has done and continues to do to the rest of the world.
The myth of America and ‘the American dream’, as promoted by politicians and media pundits etc. has been very effective in buffering the average American against the truth of what America has been and is today. But the grandiose words of politicians alone is never enough to keep the citizens content and obedient. To be truly effective, claims of American exceptionalism and superiority had to be backed up by evidence of it on the ground, and to that effect, America really has been the most prosperous and developed nation in the world for a long time.
The ‘quality of life’ of the average American over the last 100 years has been above that of other ‘developed’ nations and far above that of most of the rest of the world. This high level of living standard was provided, primarily, by access to modern technology and easy access to jobs and ‘personal wealth’. But how did Americans get access to the technology, and why have jobs and personal wealth been so plentiful in the USA as compared to other nations?
That’s where the American myth comes in. Read more »
A US flag burning at the US embassy in Jordan. One of many such demonstrations that have taken place across the Middle East on many occasions over the past 40 years.
Western governments and the Western media would love for the entire world to believe that the recent (and ongoing) attacks on US embassies in the Middle East, and the killing of the US ambassador and 3 CIA agents in Libya, are motivated solely by the publication of a poorly made ‘film’ that had been doctored to ‘insult’ Islam and Mohammed. This narrative pitches Muslims in general as simple-minded fanatical barbarians, ungrateful for all that Western governments have done for them, and attempts to convince the average Westerner that the only thing Muslims understand is force. Read more »
State-sponsored terrorism used to be a rather simple affair, where a state would order its military (or other covert armed group) to carry out terrorist acts against a civilian population, domestic or foreign. Over the course of the last 20 years or so however, state sponsored terrorism as practiced by Western ‘Democracies’ has evolved into a much more convoluted and complex operation.
Take ‘al-qaeda’ for example. The best way to understand the true role of ‘al-qaeda’, is to first understand the role played by the Soviet Union and ‘Communism’ as popularised by Western governments. Read more »
“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows, that the Iraq war is largely about oil” – Alan Greenspan former head of the Federal Reserve
Tin-pot Iraqi dictator-in-waiting, Ayad Allawi was the US-appointed ‘interim-Iraqi Prime Minister’ for 9 months in 2004-5. Today he defeated incumbent Nouri al-Maliki to the position of Prime Minister by 10,000 votes according to reports.
Now there’s one more CIA stooge ruling over yet another formerly sovereign nation and people.
Under CIA direction he ran an exile organization, the Iraqi National Accord, in the early 1990s that sent agents into Baghdad to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities in an effort to depose Saddam Hussein. Their targets included a mosque, a movie house and a newspaper — the latter strike killing a child passing by. Ex-CIA operatives said a bus full of schoolchildren was also blown apart.
As interim Iraqi Prime minister in 2004-5, Allawi was responsible for operating death squads out of the Iraqi interior ministry in an effort to divide Iraqi society and create the appearance of ‘civil war’ between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia populations and thereby divide and conquer the Iraqi resistance to US occupation lead by Moqtada al Sadr.
On Thursday 14 October 2004, Allawi stated: “[w]e have asked Fallujah residents to turn over al-Zarqawi and his group. If they don’t do it, we are ready for major operations in Fallujah”. Fallujah, a city of 300,000 people was then mercilessly bombed. Tens of thousands of innocent civilians were killed, many of them horribly burned with illegal white phosphorus shells.
In 2004 it was reported that Allawi personally executed six bound ‘insurgents’ – ordinary Iraqis fighting US occupation.
On at least one occasion in 2004 Allawi personally intervened to prevent a ceasefire and peace talks with the Iraqi resistance because he realised that any just peace settlement in Iraq would, by popular mandate, not include either him or his CIA masters in a controlling position.
In 2005 arrests were issued for Allawi and 27 of his former ‘ministers’ in the interim government over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds.
With Allawi as Prime Minister, Iraq will be more secure as the latest trophy in the American Empire’s cabinet, as will the the illegal contracts originally signed by Paul Bremer in 2004 to give all of Iraq’s resources to American companies.