Is Demonized While Democracy Fails in Amerika
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: Pussy
Riot, the Unfortunate Dupes of Amerikan Hegemony
rights group to jump on Russias President Putin
about Pussy Riot is RootsAction. Following the propaganda line that
Washington has established, RootsActions appeal for money
and petition signers states that the three Russian women were sentenced
to two years in prison for the crime of performing
a song against Russias president Vladimir Putin in a Moscow
is a propagandistic misrepresentation of the offense for which the
women were tried and convicted.
I have expressed
my sympathies for the convicted women, and as a member of Amnesty
International and the American Civil Liberties Union, I support
But I do not
support the use of human rights organizations in behalf of Washingtons
If Putin or
some other official has the power to commute the sentences, I hope
he uses it. But I do not think that the concerted Western propaganda
campaign against Putin encourages that result. Twice as many Russians
support the sentence than oppose it.
If the sentence
is commuted in response to the Western propaganda campaign against
Putin, Russian nationalists will depict Putin as a weak leader unable
to stand up to Western intimidation. The more internal dissension
there is in Russia, the easier for Washington to marginalize the
country and kick it out of Washingtons path to the overthrow
of Syria and Iran by brutal human-rights-violating violence, such
as Washington has applied to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
The State Department,
the EU, and human rights groups are sufficiently politically astute
to be aware of this fact. Yet, the propaganda continues.
As Putin has
said, we know what Comrade Wolf is up to. But what about
the human rights organizations? What are they up to? Have they been
incorporated into Washingtons propaganda machine, like the
Western media, or are they latching on to Pussy Riot as a visibility
and fundraising issue for themselves?
hurt for money, because compassion for others is not in abundant
supply. Pussy Riot is a fundraising opportunity. If the Russian
government succumbs to the propaganda, it provides an opportunity
for human rights organizations to tout their influence. In other
words, human rights organizations have independent reasons to align
with Washingtons propaganda. Their alignment does not necessarily
mean that they are conscious tools of Washington.
You can bet
your last dollar that Washington, which dismisses as collateral
damage the hundreds of thousands of women, children, and village
elders murdered in Washingtons wars against Afghanistan, Iraq,
Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria, is not concerned with
the three Pussy Riot womens 2-year prison sentence.
has kept the American hero, Bradley Manning in prison for two years
without a trial. Washington claims the power, strictly prohibited
by the US Constitution, that scrap of paper, to hold
US citizens indefinitely in prison without due process of law and
to murder them on suspicion alone without due process of law. Does
any sentient person really believe that such a government gives
a hoot about a two-year prison sentence for three Russian women?
media is silent about the collapse of the United States into tyranny.
But, on cue from Washington, the Western media is loud about the
dire plight of Pussy Riot.
this from the UKs The Week with First Post: Beyond Pussy
Riot: slow death of freedom in Putins Russia. Louisa
Loveluck introduces her report: The Russian governments
distaste for freedom of expression has been in the headlines recently
thanks to the trial and subsequent imprisonment of three members
of punk collective Pussy Riot. But the persecution of these women
forms only a small part of a much broader crackdown on civil liberties
in President Vladimir Putins Russia.
like the Amerikan presidents Bush and Obama, declared that he has
the power to throw Russian citizens in a dungeon for life without
ever presenting evidence in a court? No, he has not.
like the Amerikan president Obama, declared that he has the power
to assassinate Russian citizens without due process of law? No,
he has not.
like the Amerikan president Obama, declared that he has the legal
authority to invade any country of which he disapproves and to overthrow
its government? No, he has not.
So why is the
UKs Louisa Loveluck going on about a two-year prison sentence
in Russia when the UK government, in defiance of international law
and in obedience to its Amerikan master, refuses safe passage to
Ecuador for Julian Assange, who has been granted political asylum?
Even authoritarian China grants safe passage to those
of the West, including the rank hypocrisy of human rights organizations,
is nauseating. It makes one ashamed.
faces life imprisonment in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London because
the puppet UK government is helping Washington make an example of
what happens to journalists who dare to publish the truth about
Washingtons mendacity and war crimes.
paying Louisa Lovelucks salary or is she, along with the First
Post, simply terrified of Washingtons power? Or are Ms. Loveluck
and the First Post simply going with the flow and avoiding criticism
by not differing from the propaganda line?
No one will
investigate, so we will never know.
freedom and democracy america, at their Tampa, Florida,
nominating convention, the Republican Party showed its true colors.
It is a Brownshirt Party.
Republican machine refused to allow Ron Pauls name to be mentioned
or his delegate count to be presented.
the Republican nomination convention read like reports of Stalins
takeover of the Communist Party or the Nazi takeover of the German
state. Rules adopted at the convention eliminate any grass roots
input. The Republican politburo is supreme. The party is subservient,
and the members voices are eliminated. Mimicking Lenin, the
Republicans declared that Republican rule means neither more
nor less than unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited
by anything, not restricted by any laws, nor any absolute rules.
Nothing else but that.
Mother Jones reported, Ron Paul supporters shouted from the
convention floor, Fuck You, Tyrants!
are the party of freedom and democracy. The Republicans
are the party most controlled by the neoconservatives, who are strongly
allied with Israels far right-wing government and are most
hostile to the US Constitution. The Republicans are the party that
gave us the PATRIOT Act, the first massive assault on the US Constitution.
The Republicans are the party that gave us 9/11. The Republicans
are the party that gave us the $3 trillion war against Iraq based
on the Republican partys lies about weapons of mass
destruction. The Republicans are the party that gave us the
$3 trillion war in Afghanistan based on lies about Osama bin Laden
and the Taliban. The Republicans are the party that gave us the
supremacy of the President over both the US Constitution and US
statutory law; the executive branch is bound by neither according
to the Republican Federalist Society members of the US Department
of Justice (sic).
Obama is a
despicable patsy, a front man for powerful private interests, and
Democrats should be totally ashamed to have elevated such a cowardly
lowlife. But as awful as Obama is, a vote for Republicans is a vote
for Hitler or Stalin. Indeed, the election of Romney and Ryan would
be worse than either.
Craig Roberts, 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
House. Visit his website.
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