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Did You Vote for the Empire?
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attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace."
Nelson Mandela, 2002
are bubbling up all across America, from Iowa to Indiana, from Minneapolis
to Maine. They swell the streets of Paris, of London, and Berlin.
They burst through the souks and casbahs of the Muslim world. They
reflect, if anything, widespread opposition to the jingoism and
bellicosity of the Bush Regime.
Yet there is
the sneaking suspicion, the deep gut feel, that these demos may
not be enough to stay the hand of the Bush White House, which seems
perilously poised for a deadly strike into the Iraqi homeland, no
matter the human cost.
an interesting question: If the government ignores the wishes of
a majority of its citizens, how can that government be called "democratic"
If the White
House isnt listening to the will of the People, who is it
listening to? Who decides?
Is it following
the wishes of the defense industries, the oil companies, the military-industrial
networks of extreme wealth and power that routinely feeds on the
carcass of war?
Time will answer
that question--and apparently soon.
The recent public
departure of France and Germany from the pro-war club, seems to
have put a chink in the U.S. loincloth of developing a 'coalition'
against Saddam. However, no sooner had these two European powerhouses
left the tent, then was sparked the retort from Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld, that they represented 'old' Europe, and that the
U.S. didn't really need them, preferring instead, the assistance
of 'new' Europe, like Poland, and perhaps, the Czechs.
seems, can be as petulant as teenagers.
it may have been, it revealed the desire for Europe, 'old' or 'new',
to back their play. It also revealed how desirous empires are for
others to bow to their self-evident glory. What seems indispensable
for all empires, is arrogance.
But the question
remains: How did we get here? How did the nation that boasted of
its 'democratic principles' emerge as an imperial force in the world?
Who voted for
A recent column
in The Washington Post suggests
that the U.S. became a global empire as an "accident".
It quotes a senior Bush regime official defending the position of
the U.S. assuming "an almost imperial role" in the world.
The short rationale?
There's no one else. Period.
It is presented
as if this is but the inevitable fruit of the tragedy of 9/11. As
if the U.S. somehow grudgingly accepts its terrible burden, because
it alone is strong enough.
This is a misreading
of the last half century of history if ever there was one.
Remember the ridiculous 'domino theory'? How many millions around
the world were sucked into that imperial nightmare?
It is easy,
and somewhat cheap, to lay all of the present madness at the feet
of the present president; but this is also misleading. The imperial
parameters of the United States may be seen in every American administration,
from Truman on down to the present office-holder. They may not have
used the words, but they certainly acted as if the whole wide world,
was but the plaything of the Empire, and if a leader arose who dared
not know his place, he was toppled. Have we forgotten Mohammad Mussadegh?
Patrice Lumumba? Salvador Allende? Rafael Trujillo? Sukarno of Indonesia?
Americans may not know these names, but much of the world does.
They know that the American Empire isn't some kind of "accident"
of history. They did it the old-fashioned way: through assassinations,
destabilization, spycraft, and military domination. Just as Rome
Who voted for
this abomination? This edifice of terror?
Did you? Well,
if not, then you must seriously question the notion that this is
a democratic state; for if you had no say in these extremely serious
matters, when has your will been respected?
democracy, ain't no democracy at all.
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