Michael Rivero – “Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones.
To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.”
Psychologist, Robert Jay Lifton, who is a pioneer in the study of what drives otherwise “normal” human beings to commit war crimes calls war: “an atrocity-producing situation.” Atrocities have been committed in every war since the beginning of time, and the sad thing is the barbarity hasn’t decreased.
There have been reports of war crimes for years—from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo to Bagram; and from Falluja to Haditha to Marja—the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are totally and completely war crimes. The Nuremburg war crimes tribunals stated that wars of aggression are: “essentially an evil thing…to initiate a war of aggression…is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” Anyone involved in these war crimes from President to Private must be prosecuted—that includes the new regime—killing is not okay, even if the killer is a Democrat.
This Empire has lost what little of its mind that it had left after the syphilitic Bush years. The Empire is literally living on borrowed time. The expensive occupations, the expansion of Empire into South America, the new threats of sanctions against Iran, the continued and unwavering support of Israel, the increase (66% over the Bush years) in drone bombings, hellfire missiles raining down in Yemen, presidential targeting of American citizens abroad, yadda, yadda, yadda—will lead to the eventual downfall of the American Empire. It always happens and it will happen this time, too.
The BBC reported last month that doctors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah are reporting a high level of birth defects, with some blaming weapons used by the United States during its fierce onslaughts of 2004 and subsequently, which left much of the city in ruins. ”It was like an earthquake,” a local engineer who was running for a national assembly seat told the Washington Post in 2005. ”After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there was Fallujah.” Now, the level of heart defects among newborn babies is said to be 13 times higher than in Europe.
The BBC correspondent also saw children in the city who were suffering from paralysis or brain damage, and a photograph of one baby who was born with three heads. He added that he heard many times that officials in Fallujah had warned women that they should not have children. One doctor in the city had compared data about birth defects from before 2003 — when she saw about one case every two months — with the situation now, when she saw cases every day. ”I’ve seen footage of babies born with an eye in the middle of the forehead, the nose on the forehead,” she said.
The moral bankruptcy of our foreign policy has been evident for some time, and incidents like these only dramatize what everyone outside of Washington, D.C., already knows, and yet it continues – in our name – because it has by now become part of our lives. We habitually go around invading countries, killing children, and making ”mistakes” that result in the grisly death of innocents: an apology is issued, perhaps a family is paid off (a couple thousand for a life), and the death machine grinds on, crushing what’s left of our collective conscience under the weight of our indifference.
Hjälp till att stoppa Sveriges smyganslutning till NATO – Jan Öberg – www.stoppanato.se:
Högst sannolikt tänker du dig Sverige som neutralt och alliansfritt, med djup tilltro till FN och till fred och nedrustning, och som landet som berömmer sig om att ha hållit sig utanför krig i nära 200 år. I så fall kan man nu uppdatera sin bild av Sverige. Den är föråldrad sedan omkring 20 år.
Sverige har fortsatt att vara alliansfritt, formellt och de jure, och är det alltjämt. Men genom en rad mekanismer, manipulationer, tysta överenskommelser och frånvaro av offentlig debatt, har ett antal regeringar i rad — inbegripet socialdemokratiska regeringar alltsedan mordet på förre statsministern Olof Palme — gjort mycket för att föra landet i armarna på NATO. Den så kallade svenska försvarsindustrin är svårt beroende av teknologi från USA/Västvärlden; NATO-övningar äger rum i norra Sverige; svenska soldater opererar under befäl av NATO/USA i Kosovo och Afghanistan; Sveriges sjöofficerer övar tillsammans med USA-kolleger i USA o.s.v.