Monday, February 10, 2003

America's Evil Empire Imperialism
And The Backhand Of God

Referring to America's effort against al Qaeda during his State Of The Union address, George W. Bush said these words:

"To date, we've arrested or otherwise dealt with many key commanders of al Qaeda...All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way -- they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies." (Applause.) {emphasis mine}

No one in major media had the courage to express outrage at these awful remarks spewing from the lips of the worst president in American history. Outside of a few titles, Mr. Bush offered no details as to who these people are; where they're being held; what are the charges against them and what their immediate fates would be. No democracy should tolerate absolute secrecy -- not even for alleged terrorists. Further, the president's "no longer a problem" remark, delivered with his best bemused smirk, is language more befitting a Mafia don. Whether Mr. Bush knows it or not, the American people shouldn't be in the business of kissing his hand or any other part of his narrow anatomy.

In two years, George Bush boosted America's Evil Empire Imperialism to full throttle. He's used the tragic events of 9/11 to move the global peace and prosperity goal posts well down field and littered the distance with warfare. He's incited rebellion against US unilateral policy and generated universal hatred toward our people. He's threatened the preemptive first use of nuclear weapons in an environment of endless war, all the time. And he's strongly pledged to bankrupt the US treasury in his irrational attempt to fulfill these preposterous policies. No American voted for any of this. In response, we must fulfill our duties as vigilant citizens and constitutional defenders by making sure George Bush fails miserably at each and every one of these sinister endeavors.

The hypocrisy of the president's positions on Iraq and North Korea are easy to explain. No matter how many times George Bush says his Iraq war isn't about oil, everyone knows that it is. Everyone knows the Bush administration is an oilygarchy. Everyone knows Iraq has 112 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, maybe more. Everyone knows Saddam Hussein is a perfect target in a defenseless nation. Everyone knows Iraq has been used as a live testing ground for allied (mostly US and British) state-of-the-art weaponry, including depleted uranium (DU) munitions. It's important to note Mr. Bush threatened Iraq with nuclear weapons if they use chem/bio weapons against our soldiers although the US has used DU weapons against Iraq. While the next Iraq war would be clearly a crime against humanity, the constant bombings, occupation and embargo of that defeated nation are ongoing crimes against humanity.

The object in the Middle East is for America to seize the oil reserves and indefinitely occupy the area. This would secure America's global super power hegemony. And it would justify our rampaging defense budget. However, no one voted for any of this nonsense. While hegemony may've been rationalized in the past, it's inappropriate for an emerging Global Village in the Information Age. America should jettison the super power/empire image and join the other nations in sharing, not warehousing, the world's important resources.

North Korea is only a different side of the same warfare welfare coin. The desperate plight of this extremely poor nation is being used to support the proliferation of nuclear weaponry and power. In the US, our nuclear deterrence and atomic energy industries are under great political pressure. Our aging missiles and plants are obsolete. And a new nuclear power plant hasn't been built in America for more than twenty years. With the cold war over for fourteen years, the military and civil nuclear industries needed a rationale to stave off extinction. Not surprisingly, they found that excuse in North Korea.

The object in the Far East isn't to end nuclear proliferation. The nuclear hawks prefer its extension because it would be a win-win-win situation for them. First, we'd encourage our Far East allies (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan) to start nuclear deterrence programs to defend against projected buildups in North Korea and China. Next, we'd continue selling nuclear power plants to North Korea and China to bolster the bottom line of our civil atomic industry. Last, we would use all this bristling nuclearism as a pretext to build Star Wars for about $500 billion to $1.2 trillion, depending on the model. These scenarios are undeniably music to the ears of the World War and nuclear power industries.

In short, George Bush's war game isn't about spreading democracy and peace -- quite the contrary. This whole process is about indefinitely extending America's global hegemony regardless of what other nations think. If Mr. Bush and the World War Industry believe they can execute this wicked program without inducing strong retaliation, they're grossly mistaken. Already, this madness has been severely denounced. Consequently, it's the duty of every American citizen to join humanity in running the clock out on American Imperialism and dismissing George W. Bush at the earliest electoral convenience.

The spectacular, midair disintegration of the shuttle Columbia is a dire omen. It can't be mere coincidence this horrific tragedy happened exactly at the moment George Bush was ready to plunge the planet into incomprehensible violence and destruction. If for no other reason, it may've bought time for cooler heads to prevail. The universal momentum against war and for peace has never been stronger. The Columbia (association: District of Columbia) disaster could be interpreted as the much needed brake on Mr. Bush's insane imperialism scheme.

There's a connection among the components of errant US policy. Endless war, nuclear proliferation, Star Wars and the space race are odious elements of American imperialism. They're based on obvious racism, sexism and classism. God smote these evil deeds with one mighty backhand. Humanity has no business even thinking of colonizing other worlds until we stop the inhumanity we perpetrate right here on Earth. God has loudly spoken. We would do well to heed this message from the Supreme Being.

Franklin L. Johnson


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