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"NeoCon Dreams NeoCon Nightmares"
rec. 8/5/06

1) 3:06 Radio essay Mp3

2) 4:59 Radio essay Mp3

NEOCON DREAMS -- NEOCON NIGHTMARES
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[Col. Writ. 8/5/06] Copyright '06 Mumia Abu-Jamal


If recent congressional testimony is to be believed, now top U.S. military leaders say, in the words of Gen. John Abizaid, "that Iraq could move toward a civil war."  (This is hardly surprising to Iraqis, as shown by the words of a senior government official, who told Reuters, "If this is not civil war ....., then I don't know what is.")  Not surprisingly, this belated observation is being used, not to draw down the U.S. occupation, but to justify the even longer presence of American troops in the beleaguered nation.

What military leaders are now seeing, was seen months ago; indeed, years ago, when an intentional policy of defining Iraq in purely sectarian, ethnic, and religious terms, as opposed to its inherent nationalism, began.

From the very inception of the Iraq adventure, from the days of former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, came the now prophetic warning (known as the 'broken pottery' rule), 'If  you break it, you own it.'  Iraq, if not now surely broken, is breaking by the day, into a deadly, sectarian battleground, where one's name, and ethnic identity decides whether one may live or die.  Remember the recent elections, and U.S. rosy predictions that 'democracy was just around the corner?'  Those words taste like ashes in the mouth, false, and foul, as a grim, bloody reality pierces the lie that led to this disaster.

It didn't have to be this way.

This war, and this impending civil war, is the bitter fruit of the hubris of American elections, and the long-held belief of neoconservatives, who have long had their eyes on Iraq, and the surrounding lands and resources.  As author Elizabeth Drew makes plain in her book, *Fear and Loathing in George Bush's Washington* (N.Y.: New York Review Boos, 2004):

"The word 'neoconservative' originally referred to former liberals and leftists who were dismayed by the countercultural movements of the 1960s and the Great Society, and adopted conservative views, for example against government welfare programs, and in favor of interventionist foreign policies.  A group of today's 'neocons' now hold key positions in the Pentagon and in the White House and they even have a mole in the State Department." [pp. 21-22]

Drew named names, but they are as familiar as today's newspaper, on virtually every talk show, and their magazines glut the market.

They suckered an intellectually challenged president, and the rest is disaster.  Now, on the brink of civil war, this perverse 'democratic imperialism', or ostensibly wars for democracy, have reached their logical result.

These same social forces, which led America into a war which threatens to poison its borders with chaos, has left the regional minority Shi'as in a place of potential power, unseen since the Islamic Revolution under Ayatollah Ruhullah Khomeini.

Now, in the midst of massive bombing, bloodletting, and destruction, we hear U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, define the Israeli-Lebanese war, as but "the birth pangs of a new Middle East."  In the place of a competent foreign policy, there is mere madness!

Such American disenlightenment in foreign policy has led to the spectacle of 100,000 Shi'ites, in occupied Iraq, rallying on behalf of Hezbollah, calling, quite ironically, for "Death to America!", that is, the occupying power.

Remember the 'remake the Middle East' line?  It is farther away today, than it has been in a lifetime.

That's because methods are important.

This war, started on lies, pretexts, and false justifications, has led to this unhappy (for Iraqis) hour.

If (as many think is unavoidable) civil war becomes the path, three separate states, Sunni, Shi'a, and Kurd, are recipes for further war.  For Turkey, the idea of an independent Kurdistan, threatens their notion of nation, for Turkish Kurds would be mightily tempted to declare independence.  Will that spawn a Turkish civil war?

A Shi'a state naturally would find affiliations with its bigger Shi'a brother to the east -- Iran.  Two Shi'a states, one Persian, the other Arab, truly mark a transformation in the Middle East, but not the kind dreamed of by neocon unipolarists.

The world *has* changed.

But, who can dare claim that it's changed for the better?

Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[Sources:  Drew, Elizabeth. *Fear and Loathing in George W. Bush's Washington* (N.Y.: New York Review Books, 2004); Taylor, Mark L.,  *Religion, Politics and the Christian Right* (Minn., MN: Fortress Press, 2005).]

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