…once we say so…
As the US citizenry remains pacified at the thought that their President would commune each Tuesday, ‘Bugsplat Tuesday’, with august personages such as Thomas Aquinas and St Augustine before unleashing death from on high, facts would fail to cooperate, and often. The release of drone files put paid to this precise targeting of ‘bad guys’, an asinine term so beloved of the US corporate media.
With the likely premeditated bombing of that hospital in Kunduz, the US would issue a flurry of contradictory, and even preposterous, excuses with its President finally and glibly proffering some weak tea, ‘a tragic accident’. Again, facts fail to cooperate with the exceptional US policy. Read the rest of this entry »
…nothing like the photo to tell the tale…
The US MSM trots behind the US President as he heads north to Alaska. There he would dance with Native Alaskans. There he would flounder holding a salmon handed to him by a fisher woman. Grins all round. Priceless moments captured of a thoroughly engaged US President for the enjoyment and relaxation of the patriotic US viewer.
As such frivolities were being captured for posterity, life served up grim contrasts and stubborn history in abundance, all during the same week.
Those photos of a drowned toddler, and of the stunned and sombre Turkish official, all provide evidence to the world of the cavalier attitude of the ‘community of civilised nations’ (all Western) to its destructive policies, especially toward Moslem countries. The principal and exuberant supporter of the US would naturally ‘identify’ the culprits responsible for the tragedy of refugees forced to flee their homes, forced into homelessness and despair – having escaped death.
The father of that now ‘famous’ family that drowned did return to bury the victims in the same village from which they had been forced to flee. His tale would serve to provide further distinction between civilisation and barbarism, as the Independent would report, Aylan Kurdi: Little boy whose tragic death changed Britain’s response to the refugee crisis laid to rest in Kobani. According to the father,
“I was holding my wife’s hand. My children slipped away from my hands,” he said. “We tried to hold on to the boat. Everyone was screaming in pitch darkness.”
No life vests, pitch darkness. Little to no hope. Again, why is this family in this predicament?.
The quintessential British Imperialist, the incumbent UK Prime Minister would haughtily observe that ISIS (IS) and Assad are responsible for the toddler’s death.
The opportunities this confidently uninformed PM offer the observer are boundless. And the takers are many. Who can forget his denigration of migrants and refugees (to a large extent spawned by his country’s unfailing acquiescence to US policies), as he categorised these unfortunates as a swarm.
More emphatically, Robert Fisk at the Independent (complimentary views, then paywall) shows no recourse to history is necessary to reveal cynical policies with, Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia – will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi? Fisk gets to the point,
Yet at the risk of catching the Daily Mail cancer, there’s a bit of a wider picture here that we need to be aware of. Europe and the West – what was once called Christendom – are supposed to be the bad guys in the Middle East. It is we who bomb, corrupt and invade the Muslims of the Middle East. It is we who support the vicious dictators of the Middle East (unless they are disobedient to our wishes). It is we who suck out the fossil treasures of the Middle East, its oil and its natural gas. We are, are we not, the infidels?
[Fisk sees no need to mention the US President scurrying off then to Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences, and to even do some marketing for Post-Presidential ‘philanthropic’ services.]
The President of Turkey, whose country numbers among those ‘first overwhelmed’ with refugees fleeing the consequences of brutal Western policy, shows little patiece. President Erdogan serves up the scorn in heavy doses, Erdogan says West only interested in oil in Iraq & Libya, slams refugee crisis response – an observation on what has long been blatantly obvious, no thanks whatsoever to the corporate MSM.
And to remove any doubts as to the unabashed sense of Western superiority and supremacy, especially over the Moslem ‘unworthy’, the Hungarian Prime Minister does his duty, as we learn from The Guardian, Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness. We learn, from his subtlety that matches Cameron’s own, of valiant Crusaders against the invading hordes (‘swarm‘) of infidels, clearly Moslems.
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has claimed Europe is in the grip of madness over immigration and refugees, and argued that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx.
[bold added for emphasis]
That sense of the march to 21st concentration camps hovers eerily over the tragedy – the behaviour of security forces leaves little to doubt.
And for a bit of context. Who can forget the ecstatic celebration of the slaughter of the leader of Libya by the then US Secretary of State? Or the victory ‘lap’ of two of the three Western war heroes, as reported by RT, Cameron, Sarkozy milk premature Tripoli triumph, as it offers some prescient words of caution to the preening leaders,
The French president and British PM have visited Tripoli to declare victory over Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and reap the benefits of his fall, but it appears the celebrations are somewhat premature.
[der Spiegel would have similar fun with these fearsome armchair warriors.]
And premature it would prove to be to these two war heroes and to the then absent leader of the pack, the Nobel Laureate US President. Earlier in 2015, the conservative Telegraph would observe, Special report from Libya: How Nato’s toppling of Gaddafi has turned to disaster. And utter disaster it would be, and not just for the Libyans, that the three war Western heroes and their allies had unleashed.
As the ebulllient US President concludes a successful Alaskan visit, where he danced a jig, did some reality TV, caught a spawning salmon handed to him, his US Secretary of State, not to be upstaged, would, ever sagely, have his own fun with the people of the Middle East, Kerry ‘Convinced’ of Need for Syria Ground Invasion. Of course, the Vietnam war hero does promise no official US ‘boots on the ground’, but certainly assured death and destruction rained down from aloft. Yes, this is the self-declared leader of ‘the free world’.
Understandable is the failure of the corporate US MSM to investigate or mention those culpable, liable for the widespread plunder and death and destruction, and for the plight of millions of refugees, from El Salvador to Honduras to Guatemala to Nicaragua; to Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to, well, on and on.
…the more things change, the more…
…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.
…there is a tide in the affairs of men (and women)…
Today, the VII Summit of the America (SoA) ends. And, there, as evidence of the nobility of US intentions, would be that momentous handshake between Cuban President Raúl Castro and the US President Barack Obama – and for the corporate US MSM that symbolic event would be more than sufficient for those who still refuse to look elsewhere for reliable and accurate news.
So we put some context to this. US President Obama had no option but to meet with Castro – he had been warned by most countries at the VI SoA in Cartagena that no Cuba at the VII SoA, then no VII SoA. Simple. Of course, being the US one step forward must always be met by more than one backward. So, the US President, to placate the Cuban elites in the US and the right-wing nutters in both corporate parties, would then go forward and declare, just few weeks before the VII SoA, Venezuela a threat to the security of the United States, thereby provoking undiminishing ridicule, not to mention criticism from even close allies. Read the rest of this entry »
…as towering waves and their fierce undertow do their work…
We should recall those ‘super’ tides from that recent solar eclipse that saw Mont St Michel become an island and had the River Thames overflowing its banks. That irresistible force of nature.
For its part the US is now in the unenviable position of creating and unleashing its force of nature. This force, this phenomenon of violence, destruction and death, and chaos, now with renewed and terminal vigour takes aim at its creator. And the US MSM continues blissfully unaware, with its focus on Venezuela, its threat to the ‘existence of the US’ – because of unrelenting US corporate interests in that country. But we first look at a troubling indicator of an enfeebled and doddering empire.
Unreported by the US MSM, but widespread, and incriminatingly so, across Latin America and elsewhere, is the the report of heroic performance of the US military in Colombia, not Okinawa. And, no, we are not speaking of the behaviour of the US DEA in Colombia and its many orgies so well-funded by very ‘savoury’ characters. Read the rest of this entry »
…things continue to fall apart for Bold Barry and his Band of Bumblers…
Only last week the US President Obama would declare Venezuela ‘an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States’ (seriously!), thereby earning the enduring derision of the world. (Of course, there is a history to the foolishness.)
Moreover as the ridicule gains intensity, would come worse news, its most obedient ally, and with David Cameron of all PMs, would join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China initiative fiercely opposed by the US. To make matters even worse, further news would come that Germany, France and Italy are set to join. At naked capitalism blog the embarrassment is examined.
And that amateurish attempt to isolate China with the proposed corporate TPP, well, we will see… Read the rest of this entry »
…’compay ecuatoriano, ¿qué tal…100,000 o más dólares eeuu pa’ mi pobre partido demócrata?’…
This is the week that was. The very week the US would actively seek to avoid the glare of ignominy and worldwide opprobrium by ending its asinine sanctions against a proud and progressive Cuba would be the week that would add further evidence to that recently exposed by US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Simply put, the US has a price for its democracy. And the corporate party in power can dispense privileges to all and sundry – just write a serious cheque, and call it a campaign contribution.