World Overwhelmed by Western Hypocrisy
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have become caricatures of hypocrisy.
Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank are violating their
charters in order to bail out French, German, and Dutch private
banks. The IMF is only empowered to make balance of payments loans,
but is lending to the Greek government for prohibited budgetary
reasons in order that the Greek government can pay the banks. The
ECB is prohibited from bailing out member country governments, but
is doing so anyway in order that the banks can be paid. The German
parliament approved the bailout, which violates provisions of the
European Treaty and Germany’s own Basic Law. The case is in the
German Constitutional Court, a fact unreported in the US media.
George W. Bush appointed an immigrant, who is not impressed with
the US Constitution and the separation of powers, to the Justice
(sic) Department in order to get a ruling that the president has
"unitary powers" that elevate him above statutory US law,
treaties, and international law. According to this immigrant’s legal
decisions, the "unitary executive" can violate with impunity
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which prevents spying
on Americans without warrants obtained from the FISA Court. The
immigrant also ruled that Bush could violate with impunity the statutory
US laws against torture as well as the Geneva Conventions. In other
words, the fictional "unitary powers" make the president
into a Caesar.
protections, such as habeas corpus, which prohibit government from
holding people indefinitely without presenting charges and evidence
to a court, and which prohibit government from denying detained
people due process of law and access to an attorney, were thrown
out the window by the US Department of Justice (sic), and the federal
courts went along with most of it.
As did Congress,
"the people’s representatives." Congress even enacted
the Military Tribunals Commissions Act of 2006, signed by the White
House Brownshirt on October 17.
This act allows
anyone alleged to be an "unlawful enemy combatant" to
be sentenced to death on the basis of secret and hearsay evidence
not presented in the kangaroo military court placed out of reach
of US federal courts. The crazed nazis in Congress who supported
this total destruction of Anglo-American law masqueraded as "patriots
in the war against terrorism."
The act designates
anyone accused by the US, without evidence being presented, as being
part of the Taliban, al-Qaeda, or "associated forces"
to be an "unlawful enemy combatant," which strips the
person of the protection of law. Not even George Orwell could have
conceived of such a formulation.
consists of indigenous Afghan peoples, who, prior to the US military
intervention, were fighting to unify the country. The Taliban are
Islamist, and the US government fears another Islamist government,
like the one in Iran that was blowback from US intervention in Iran’s
internal affairs. The "freedom and democracy" Americans
overthrew an elected Iranian leader and imposed a tyrant. American-Iranian
relations have never recovered from the tyranny that Washington
imposed on Iranians.
is opposed to any government whose leaders cannot be purchased to
perform as Washington’s puppets. This is why George W. Bush’s regime
invaded Afghanistan, why Washington overthrew Saddam Hussein, and
why Washington wants to overthrow Libya, Syria, and Iran.
Black (or half white) President inherited the Afghan war, which
has lasted longer than World War II with no victory in sight. Instead
of keeping with his election promises and ending the fruitless war,
Obama intensified it with a "surge."
The war is
now ten years old, and the Taliban control more of the country than
does the US and its NATO puppets. Frustrated by their failure, the
Americans and their NATO puppets increasingly murder women, children,
village elders, Afghan police, and aid workers.
A video taken
by a US helicopter gunship, leaked to WikiLeaks and released, shows
American forces, as if they were playing video games, slaughtering
civilians, including camera men for a prominent news service, as
they are walking down a peaceful street. A father with small children,
who stopped to help the dying victims of American soldiers’ fun
and games, was also blown away, as were his children. The American
voices on the video blame the children’s demise on the father for
bringing kids into a "war zone." It was no war zone, just
a quiet city street with civilians walking along.
The video documents
American crimes against humanity as powerfully as any evidence used
against the Nazis in the aftermath of World War II at the Nuremberg
height of lawlessness was attained when the Obama regime announced
that it had a list of American citizens who would be assassinated
without due process of law.
One would think
that if law any longer had any meaning in Western civilization,
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, indeed, the entire Bush/Cheney regime,
as well as Tony Blair and Bush’s other co-conspirators, would be
standing before the International Criminal Court.
Yet it is Gadaffi
for whom the International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants.
Western powers are using the International Criminal Court, which
is supposed to serve justice, for self-interested reasons that are
What is Gadaffi’s
crime? His crime is that he is attempting to prevent Libya from
being overthrown by a US-supported, and perhaps organized, armed
uprising in Eastern Libya that is being used to evict China from
its oil investments in Eastern Libya.
Libya is the
first armed revolt in the so-called "Arab Spring."
have made it clear that there is nothing "democratic"
about the revolt.
The West managed
to push a "no-fly" resolution through its puppet organization,
the United Nations. The resolution was limited to neutralizing Gadaffi’s
air force. However, Washington, and its French puppet, Sarkozy,
quickly made an "expansive interpretation" of the UN resolution
and turned it into authorization to become directly involved in
resisted the armed rebellion against the state of Libya, which is
the normal response of a government to rebellion. The US would respond
the same as would the UK and France. But by trying to prevent the
overthrow of his country and his country from becoming another American
puppet state, Gadaffi has been indicted. The International Criminal
Court knows that it cannot indict the real perpetrators of crimes
against humanity Bush, Blair, Obama, and Sarkozy but
the court needs cases and accepts the victims that the West succeeds
In our post-Orwellian
times, everyone who resists or even criticizes the US is a criminal.
For example, Washington considers Julian Assange and Bradley Manning
to be criminals, because they made information available that exposed
crimes committed by the US government. Anyone who even disagrees
with Washington, is considered to be a "threat," and Obama
can have such "threats" assassinated or arrested as a
"terrorist suspect" or as someone "providing aid
and comfort to terrorists." American conservatives and liberals,
who once supported the US Constitution, are all in favor of shredding
the Constitution in the interest of being "safe from terrorists."
They even accept such intrusions as porno-scans and sexual groping
in order to be "safe" on air flights.
of law is across the board. The Supreme Court decided that it is
"free speech" for America to be ruled by corporations,
not by law and certainly not by the people. On June 27, the US Supreme
Court advanced the fascist state that the "conservative"
court is creating with the ruling that Arizona cannot publicly fund
election candidates in order to level the playing field currently
unbalanced by corporate money. The "conservative" US Supreme
Court considers public funding of candidates to be unconstitutional,
but not the "free speech" funding by business interests
who purchase the government in order to rule the country. The US
Supreme Court has become a corporate functionary and legitimizes
rule by corporations. Mussolini called this rule, imposed on Americans
by the US Supreme Court, fascism.
Court also ruled on June 27 that California violated the US Constitution
by banning the sale of violent video games to kids, despite evidence
that the violent games trained the young to violent behavior. It
is fine with the Supreme Court for soldiers, whose lives are on
the line, to be prohibited under penalty of law from drinking beer
before they are 21, but the idiot Court supports inculcating kids
to be murderers, as long as it is in the interest of corporate profits,
in the name of "free speech."
it, that a court so concerned with ‘free speech" has not protected
American war protesters from unconstitutional searches and arrests,
or protected protesters from being attacked by police or herded
into fenced-in areas distant from the object of protest.
As the second
decade of the 21st century opens, those who oppose US hegemony and
the evil that emanates from Washington risk being declared to be
"terrorists." If they are American citizens, they can
be assassinated. If they are foreign leaders, their country can
be invaded. When captured, they can be executed, like Saddam Hussein,
or sent off to the ICC, like the hapless Serbs, who tried to defend
their country from being dismantled by the Americans.
And the American
sheeple think that they have "freedom and democracy."
relies on fear to coverup its crimes. A majority of Americans now
fear and hate Muslims, peoples about whom Americans know nothing
but the racist propaganda which encourages Americans to believe
that Muslims are hiding under their beds in order to murder them
in their sleep.
of course, are the purveyors of fear. The more fearful the sheeple,
the more they seek safety in the neocon police state and the more
they overlook Washington’s crimes of aggression against Muslims.
alles. That has become the motto of a once free and independent
American people, who once were admired but today are despised.
lawlessness is now complete. Women can have abortions, but if they
have stillbirths, they
are arrested for murder.
are such a terrified and abused people that a
95-year-old woman dying from leukemia traveling to a last reunion
with family members was forced to remove her adult diaper in order
to clear airport security. Only a population totally cowed would
permit such abuses of human dignity.
a June 27 interview on National Public Radio, Ban Ki-moon, Washington’s
South Korean puppet installed as the Secretary General of the United
Nations, was unable to answer why the UN and the US tolerate the
slaughter of unarmed civilians in Bahrain, but support the International
Criminal Court’s indictment of Gadaffi for defending Libya against
armed rebellion. Gadaffi has killed far fewer people than the US,
UK, or the Saudis in Bahrain. Indeed, NATO and the Americans have
killed more Libyans than has Gadaffi. The difference is that the
US has a naval base in Bahrain, but not in Libya.
There is nothing
left of the American character. Only a people who have lost their
soul could tolerate the evil that emanates from Washington.
Craig Roberts [send
him mail], a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
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