I always feel that victims of discrimination and persecution are those on whose side I have to be, no matter who they are, what they are, what skin colour they have, or what religion they profess. I witnessed people who didn’t participate in the Nazi atrocities… but they didn’t open their doors and windows to call a halt, either. To this day, I can’t absolve these nice people of their guilt and complicity; I was too young at the time to formulate that, but later I swore that I’d never put myself in the place of these nice decent gentiles who thought that It wasn’t their fight. I look at injustice, and I know it’s always my fight.
Read this. The yellow chickenhawk Richard Cheney, who avoided military service, publicly declared on 10 December 2014 that President G W Bush specifically authorised torture. He bragged that the agencies involved informed them in detail of their doings and kept them up to date. Under the Nürnberg standards, this means the George W Bush, Richard Cheney, and their entire senior administration are on the level of the Nazi war criminals tried after World War II. It means that if we’re to be consistent, Bush and Cheney deserve to die at the end of a rope, to “hang by the neck until you are dead”. That won’t happen… I’m not threatening… I’m only saying that since what Bush and Cheney did was on the level of the Nazi war criminals… if we were consistent, we’d hang them, too.
Bush and Cheney “conspired to wage aggressive war”… to be honest, so did Clinton and Gore (Yugoslavia, anyone? Do ask the Serbs about Yank aggression). When the USSR fell (due to internal reasons… a weak ruler… not American actions), the USA faced a power vacuüm. It didn’t move to cement peace… it moved to impose juvenile American notions aggressively on the world. Most of all, the American neoliberal/neocon Establishment wanted to eradicate Socialism, now that its protector laid in the dust. Every state that the USA tried to destabilise was socialist to some extent or other.
The first aggression was against the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Germans aided the successors of the Croat Ustaša murderers (by the way, Biden is the protégé of a violently Ustaša RC priest), in a successful attempt to spark off a civil war. This led to 1999, and the ultimate dismemberment of the Yugoslav state. Note well that a legit peace treaty didn’t embody this… especially not the American amputation of Kosovo, which is still legally a part of the Republic of Serbia.
Concurrently, the USA aided the Islamist rebels destabilising the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The DRA’s ethos was FAR closer to American ideals than the Islamists were, but… THEY WERE SOCIALISTS! That made them anathema to the Clintonistas… remember, William Jefferson Clinton was the last of the Dixiecrats. He was a Republican in all but name in most things. The DRA went down before the Islamists.
The Bush junta started another Afghan War… in an attempt to seize rich mineral deposits for his corporate pals. It had NOTHING to do with 9/11 or Osama bin Laden. Predictably, like all invasions of Afghanistan, it bogged down, and Bush wanted a victory… not only for his bruised ego, but to gain mineral rights for his multinational pals. He ginned up a war against Iraq, which he and his advisors thought would be short and victorious. It was anything else but… the USA remains enmeshed in Iraq in a military way today. Oh… Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party was socialistic… I forgot to mention that. My bad…
That wasn’t enough… in 2008, the Bushies invaded South Ossetia using their Georgian clients. That blew up in their faces. It was such a bad defeat that the neocons to this day deny that they had anything to do with it. Yet, everyone knows that the USA was behind it. Georgia didn’t have the money to go to war… someone had to pay for it, and it sure wasn’t Russia! This defeat didn’t chasten the neocons/neoliberals… indeed, it spurred them on! They wanted to cover up this mistake like a cat covering up its shit. “The USA is invincible! Since the USA is invincible, it had nothing to do with this! That’s the TRUTH!”
Of course, the USA couldn’t live down the images posted throughout the world of the captured American base in Gori… they did deny that the Russians got any intel from it, which is lie any way that you slice it. The neocons saw to it that only the sanitised version got into the Western media. Nevertheless, the rest of the world noticed that the USA had lost. This was the USA’s “Battle of Moscow”. It was their first real defeat after the fall of the USSR… it broke the illusion of American invincibility (except in the minds of the American ruling class), which meant that others didn’t take American bluster so seriously anymore.
Under Barack Obama, there’ve been three major aggressions, one somewhat successful, one an utter failure, and one in progress. The aggression against Libya was to unseat Muammar al-Gaddafi… did I mention that he was a socialist, too? That aggression succeeded as Libya is a thin coastal strip… most of the country is barren desert. Uniquely, it was susceptible to American naval supremacy. The overthrow was swift and successful. However, the guerrilla war continues, and that means that this aggression was only conditionally successful. The aggression against Syria failed utterly… the real motive of the American ruling class was to unseat Bashar al-Assad and destroy the socialist state. That failed. The continuing case is in the Ukraine, where the USA fomented a coup against the legit left-centre government, in an attempt to ram an extremist Far Right crapitalist dictatorship on the country. This isn’t over yet… it has the potential to be the USA’s “Stalingrad”… its “A Bridge too Far”.
In short, the USA IS guilty of “conspiring to wage aggressive war” and of “crimes against peace”… torture is small beans compared to that. No, I shall NOT be silent! If the US government does these things… these amoral disgusting anti-human things… then, I must either speak out or be guilty of abetting these crimes. This is why I will NEVER let up on the Orthodox enablers of the Republican Party… they’ve sold out to utter evil… they’ve sold out for a mess of “Pro-Life” pottage. I don’t call torturing people in foreign parts “Pro-Life”… I don’t call aggression against other states “Pro-Life”… I don’t call gutting the social safety net to enrich the Affluent Effluent “Pro-Life”.
I’m NOT alone… evil is evil, and its name is G-O-P…