N
   

Donate Email Alert Links Photo Gallery Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays Prison Radio

Prison Radio
Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays
Photo Gallery
Links/Resources
Mumia Email Update
Donate
Mumia Gear
Radio Programmers
Contact Us

 

Donate With PayPal

 

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts

Higher Quality Audio files available info@prisonradio.org

Copyright 2009 Mumia Abu-Jamal/Prison Radio

"Obama Post Imperial?"

Recorded 12-27-09

1) 2:04 Obama Post Imperial? MP3

Obama: Post-Imperial?
[col. writ. 12/24/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal

    According to a think-piece in a recent edition of Newsweek, President Barack H. Obama is a "post-imperial" leader, who seeks to bring 'balance' to foreign affairs, and a kind of disciplined realism to interactions with other nations.

    Of the similarities between the dreaded example of Vietnam and Afghanistan, the analogy fails because unlike the fateful Diem brothers, Afghan leader Hamid Karzai was 'elected' and has significant support.

    The analogy is about as weak as wet toilet tissue.

    To say Karzai was elected is to do extreme violence to the term.

    A recent piece in the Washington Post describes the Taliban as a virtual "shadow government" throughout much of the country, with dual governors, police chiefs, tax staffs  and village governments.

    Indeed, the Post reports Taliban control covers "broad swaths of the country, especially Afghanistan's vast rural areas."  That's because in many of these districts, the U.S. supported Karzai regime has no presence.

    Back to the point -- a corrupt, foreign - supported government, which is widely seen as a puppet regime.  Sound familiar?

    Do we have another Vietnam?  Perhaps.  The imperial press dutifully followed Pentagon and White House reports, painting Vietnam in rosy colors until the walls came tumbling down.  They almost universally praised  the Afghanistan and Iraq wars as righteous  retribution.

    Why should they stop now?

    As for 'post-imperial', this is a label that is about as ridiculous as post-racial!

    To invade countries that did nothing to it; to bomb and kill tens of thousands, to occupy and install puppets sounds pretty imperial to me.

    And to add over 30,000 troops to this process means more of the same.

    Is this 'post-imperial?'

    Hardly.

--(c) '09 maj

[Source: Zakaria, Fareed, "The Post-Imperial Presidency", Newsweek, (12/14/09), pp. 36-40; Witte, Griff, "The Shadow Government's Clout: In Afghanistan, Taliban Officials offer a concrete alternative:, Washington Post, [Nat'l Wkly. Ed.], Dec.14-20, 2009, p.18]

PLEASE CONTACT:
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - icffmaj@aol.com
AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES!

Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa

Subscribe: mumiacolumns-subscribe@topica.com
Read: http://topica.com/lists/mumiacolumns/read
Subscribe ICFFMAJ email updates list by e-mailing
icffmaj@aol.com!

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

For additional information and to order Mumia's new book We Want Freedom,

visit: southendpress.org

Check out Mumia's NEW book:
"Faith f Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com