…4th july of the us! holy guacamole!…

…as the atmosphere is shattered by the patriotic speeches and the barbecues and the fireworks…

Amy Goodman with her Democracy Now! revisits, with some detail, the celebration of the US Independence Day – pretensions and reality, “What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech.

…To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.

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…the evil that men do…

…will follow them into the ignominy of history (Sorry, Bard)..

The imperial duplicity of France and the UK against their trusting Arab allies of the First World War has two names on their tombstone, Sykes and Picot, as greed created and distributed Syria and Lebanon to France, and Mesopotamia and Palestine to the British. The temptation to be lured into the ignominy of history was dangled before the imperial power represented by George W Bush and the faded empire, UK and its coat-tail clinging Tony Blair, and proved irresistible.

Since history is not a game, ended at a specific time, those who exhorted that to ‘look forward’ is the way of the future would soon confront the past awaiting with grim determination. And here it is. The US and its faded imperial allies now discover an Islamic group named ISIS/ISIL, a group determined to discard those colonial boundaries that have spawned so many conflicts. And whom do they have to thank for this opportunity? Well, the US with its ‘coalition of the willing’ with their scorched-earth policy in Iraq and elsewhere. [Always a new name, a new existential threat.] Read the rest of this entry »