Fighting Terrorism Since 1492

Apt graphics, hard-driving beat and riveting lyrics by Rage Against the Machine. Let Columbus Day stand as a shameful colonial legacy, an affront and insult to the native people of the Americas. Decolonize your mind.

Mubarak Exits, the People Rejoice

The Financial Crisis: Waiting to Avoid

According to the latest federal inquiry [1], the financial crisis of 2008- still festering unabated- was “an avoidable ‘disaster’ caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street…,” etc. and, for that reason, “The greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done…” so we are assured. However, if truth were told, the real tragedy lies in the realization that although the majority of the population may have seen it coming, most would not have been politically empowered and ill-suited to avert it or avoid it, for that matter, since these tools would have been essential to effectively thwart its sudden unraveling. As has already been well documented, this casino [2] way of maximizing profits at the expense of the poor and the working class is the main culprit precisely because it emanates from a capitalist culture
embraced, defended, and propagated with adamant zeal and enthusiasm by those in Washington purportedly looking for ways “to stabilize the market”.

Needless to say, the so-called “credit default swaps,” “derivatives,” “collateral debt obligations,” “sub-prime mortgages,” and other obscure and deceptive [3] lending practices in the financial and housing sectors have indeed had such a decidedly negative impact on the day-to-day survival and subsistence of most people. The consequences of such exotic, corrosive and conniving ventures, all tearing at the heart of large segments of the population, have been such that the majority affected has been driven to bankruptcy, foreclosure, unemployment and abject economic despair in general. [4] For obvious reasons, no watchful eyes on the part of the federal government or the agencies in charge of protecting the public from such predatory practices ever screamed foul or even bothered to take notice since it would have interfered with the bottom line, the meat and potato of the ruling elite, their financial brokers and cohorts on Wall Street. [5] The so-called Main Street does not fare the same and must pay for sin of not having been born with enough clout and privilege to game the system to their own benefit.

Insofar as the targeted financial irregularities is concerned, the writing has been on the wall since the early 1970s, [6] as capitalism began its breakneck trajectory from investment in machinery and production into the volatile and exotic outlet yielding the most profit: the financial system, which we’ve consequently inherited and which has ultimately triggered the crisis we find ourselves in today. We’ve been down the road of self accountability and corrections: [7] when the chips are down and votes are needed to secure political positions and appease the people, something has to be done to atone for the sin of letting down the country and its citizenry. The poor and the working class must be made to see that there are individuals responsible enough to look deep into their own wretched past and reach a consensus that yes, something did go wrong but that all the necessary steps are been taken to address the malaise and put in place strict regulations and oversight to help the economy recover and move right along. It was not too far back when Obama himself joined the chorus of the indignant [8] over the immoral and outrageous demeanor assumed by AIG in assigning themselves large bonuses for a job well done. Needless to say, theater has always been part of the bag of tricks utilized by the Washington elite to feign outrage and disbelief at the sight of thievery and corruption, just as Alan Greenspan was ” ‘shocked’ at the breakdown in U.S. credit markets…” [9]

We’ve been foolishly led to believe that what happened was just an aberration and that all will be well and that the proverbial “hidden hand” of late capitalism will take care of things. To the extent that the crisis represents the unmitigated modus operandi of US capitalism, the latest assessment of what went wrong in the financial sector can be seen as mere window dressing, a suspiciously ostentatious display of mea culpa as a way of demonstrating that those in charge are sincerely getting to the root cause of the systemic maladies affecting the economy. Surely the sages and gurus of Wall Street embedded deep in the halls of Washington with their fellow economists-in-chief, and a president who’ll stop at nothing to please his benefactors, will most certainly make certain that the right individuals will benefit from their socialized distribution of wealth, as long as they are able to make everyone believe that bailing out big business [10] and Wall Street is a civil duty. It would be an attribute to all of us if we could start seeing folly for what it is, and not fall for it again.

Notes

  1. The New York Times, January 25, 2011
  2. The Real News Network, November 11, 2009
  3. Bloomberg, November 6, 2008
  4. The Washington Post, May 29, 2009
  5. The Washington Independent, 07.02.09
  6. The Monthly Review, October 2004
  7. Investors.com, September 18, 2008
  8. Youtube, March 16, 2009
  9. Reuters, Thu Oct 23, 2008
  10. The World Socialist Website, July 22, 2009

Francisco
— February 6, 2011

Conservatives and Evil

Whenever tragedy strikes anywhere in the country, or acts of violence are committed in its cities or neighborhoods, it has been the self-appointed duty of most conservatives— those fearless, die-hard, unabashed card-carrying members of either dominant political party— to be as forthright, candid and explicit as only they can possibly be under the circumstances, to unequivocally cast their peculiarly ideological fire and brimstone message on the rest of the population. It is not enough that other pundits have already taken it upon themselves to up the ante for the sake of better ratings and popularity, but we are also subject to constant fear mongering emanating from the brilliant psyche of the so called moral (or religious) majority who seek ostensibly to stand on a self-righteous higher ground spewing out vigorously their nonsensical rhetoric.

Of late, one of the many faithful disciples of the lunatic fringe is Ted Nugent, the rock musician famous for his ear splitting guitar riffs (he suffers from hearing loss, as a consequence no doubt), with record album sales and numerous concert appearances, seems to have developed over the years into a true believer, an advocate and spokesperson of the conservative cause. In a recent Washington Times article penned by him entitled, Be Prepared for evil, the wild-dogs-on-a-leash gun advocate admonishes prophetically that, “There is evil among us. Always has been, always will be;” soldiers on to cite the Tucson, Arizona killings and others where “…victims didn’t make the national news, but they are victims nonetheless;” and proceeds with simplistic but adamant zeal to call attention to the “depth of evil that resides in the soulless monsters who commit these senseless, violent and deadly crimes,” for which reason we owe it to ourselves to “be prepared and ready to respond to evil at a moment’s notice.” Never mind a criminal investigation, psychological tests or judicial and legal due process, the operative word here is vigilantism (a genuine ideology of those who hold such misanthropic views), thus we, as “caring people of good will” should take it upon ourselves to be judges and executioners and “be ready to conquer evil if our society and culture are to progress…” if only because of our “…need for a higher level of awareness and a warrior mindset…” [My emphasis]

Such mindless political vitriol and preoccupation for a citizen’s patrol is cause for worry and concern and no sane argument could redeem such a self-defeating idea. Nugent’s pseudo populistic approach becomes nothing more than a call to arms from a right wing fundamentalist with a reactionary and self-serving conceit in mind. One would have every reason to wonder what the murder rate would be if everyone makes the case for such militaristic tactics in a country ruled by an elite hell bent on oppressing and keeping the citizenry in check on behalf of the rule of law and obediently assisted by a complacent news media forever stoking the flames of fear and crime in the streets, rapists on the lose and other social malaise supposedly ruining the country. Granted, murder is committed for different reasons, albeit with the same catastrophic and tragic results, but should so much misguided efforts be channeled into attributing an evil wicked, sinful, diabolical aberration to humans instead of sifting through for the real social and psychological causes?

The truth is that most of us will never know with certainty what goes through some people’s mind at times, what truly motivates them, preoccupies them, much less predict what could drive them to commit horrible deeds against their fellow human beings. Unfortunately, not enough attention, care and resources are being allocated to better diagnose and treat people suffering from mental illness. What does appear to follow a certain sensible, sober and humanistic logic is the premise that empirical science and criminology should be practiced for the benefit and social well being of society in general by professionals and not by quacks and demagogues who are hardly able to come to terms with their own selfish existence let alone the “evil” plaguing their own little world.

George Carlin – We Like War

Speaking truth to power, a bit “raw” but effective.

Francisco

— December 19, 2010

Post-Elections Syndrome

There’s the all too long-held view embraced by the electorate in general that casting one’s vote will really and truly count for something. To be fair, most people are indeed sincere when taking time off from work or other responsibilities to venture into the political arena every so often to cast their hopes, dreams and aspirations into the ballot box. Voters feel they are exercising their civic and patriotic duty by this act and hope to see positive results for this endeavor some time in future (for obvious reasons, no doubt), believing whole-heartedly in the promises made to them by their soon to be elected officials, who have invested many days and long hours in their eagerness to convince their constituency that what they have in store for the country is the real thing, or at least better than that offered by the other party or candidate…

The hopes and expectations among the public will always run high, but we can afford to be a bit skeptical, and even be forgiven for daring to question the current electoral process— and rightly so, especially if we’re old enough to have experienced this “privilege” all too often— and can hardly be blamed for wondering out loud if we have in fact contributed to a truly democratic process by exercising our rights as citizen in vouching for the best candidate in either party, or if all we’ve done in reality is to have wasted our precious time by depositing our trust in an individual whose chief civic concern is to get elected in order to further his or her political career at our expense. Moreover, narrowing our options by being offered the only two choices available, Democratic and Republican, becomes a travesty of sorts, an incongruity, a sheer farce judging by the outcome of most elections. We’ve reached a stage where regardless of which party is at the helm, we can rest assure that the results will always be the same and the purported differences between the two will be minimum, to say the least.

In the not too distant past, in 2006 to be precise, voters went to the polls to express unequivocally their desire to have theirs sons and daughters returned home from the battlefields of an unjust and catastrophic invasion of a nation and its people. What ensued as a result after the elections was business as usual as the Democrats, after being voted in by the American people as the new majority in Congress, reneged on their promise and soon after capitulated to the bidding of then President Bush’s request for more funding to escalate the war against the Iraqi people and continue the carnage undeterred, with the assistance and full support of the now elected Democratic Congress majority, who are wont to brag about being on the side of the American people, but whose record belies their true political intentions. More recently, this redundancy continues uninterrupted in the Obama administration. The current President, soon after winning the 2008 Presidential elections, allied himself with the hardliners of the Clinton administration through the appointment of the such economic luminaries as, Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner, all three responsible for the corruption and economic malaise plaguing the country ever since; and, for good measure, the appointment of none other than Bush administration’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, so as to pursue by any and all means necessary the war of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the end, it becomes all too revealing how all the policies and actions of the Democrats point towards the sole conceit of sustaining the Washington status quo by rubber stamping such fiscally irresponsible and damaging economic initiatives as the all too known “too big to fail” Bail Out of Wall Street and the financial sector, leaving the American taxpayer to foot the bill; passing a health care reform bill with scant improvement over the previous one, except now better suited to fill the coffers of the insurance and health care industries; a disturbing lack of due process against a giant oil conglomerate whose blatant disregard for the well-being of nature and the environment caused it to unleash untold damage in the Gulf region in the most massive oil spill in history, but only after being aided and abetted by the very institution in government responsible for its monitoring and supervision, whose leaders were also benefiting financially by being paid handsomely for turning a blind eye to all violations of rules and regulations; little, if any, redress for the rampant social injustice perpetrated against members of the minority: African-Americans, the muslin community (in fact, always seeking to prosecute and criminalize this group at the first opportunity), the immigrant community (dragging its feet in any meaningful or significant legislation of true reform for the sake of those seeking immigrant asylum and a favorable legal status), paying only lip service to ending the draconian “don’t ask don’t tell” law (despite the fact that most surveys indicate the majority of the American people favor its repeal); keeping virtually intact the Guantanamo prison system in flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention and against national and international public opinion; and its latest efforts to renew and extend the Bush tax cut system favoring the rich and the highest income earners in the country…

The catalog of outright capitalist, market-ridden initiatives undertaken of late by the Obama administration are simply too numerous to list and beyond the purview of this space, and in truth worthy of book-length consideration for more detailed accountability. Be that as it may, this essay in no way represents, by implication, tacit approval or endorsement of the alternate party of “choice.” It just so happens that the Republicans had their turn to run the sociopolitical infrastructure of the country to the ground and did so, paving the way for the new majority occupants at the White House and in Congress, whose turn it is at the moment. The fact remains that is plain to see how the gigantic machinery in Washington has always been better suited to look after their own: the powerful corporations, the financial and insurance interests and capitalist investors, all too eager to take advantage of the system they’ve helped prop up— and that will eventually deliver the goods unconditionally— after propelling to office their candidate(s) of choice. If the pundits in the media and the demagogues in Washington could only foster the illusion that there exist stark differences between the two political parties in their approach to ruling the country, then there is every reason to believe that an unsuspecting voter would always be at hand and ready to believe this logic and acquiesce in kind with little if any protest. Nonetheless, it will indeed be up to the citizenry to become better informed in regard to the policies that affect them, see the outright lie and manipulation of the “two-choice” gospel for what it truly is, and demand alternatives to the monopolistic duopoly eating at the fabric of the political process in the country.

Francisco

— November 27, 2010

Rick Sanchez: Firing One’s Own

Whether or not Sanchez has a point in denouncing the people who supposedly wronged him, put him down, snubbed him or otherwise denigrated him because of his ethnic background seems almost immaterial and flies in the face of logic when we take into consideration his affiliation with CNN as an anchor. The 24-hour news outlet, while not exactly as vociferous and openly fanatical in their ultra right-wing views as an all too famous (or is it infamous?) counterpart, does embrace with open arms the bidding of the ruling elite and their pervasive mainstream ideology. An who better to propagate this gospel, ad nauseam, and on a daily basis than the newscasters and anchors at CNN embodied in such fair and dedicated personalities as Mr.Sanchez, Wolf Blitzer and other colleagues. In fact, Rick Sanchez’s time spent at the channel has only served to better convey to the public the idea of the magnanimity and superiority of the U.S. as an exceptional and fair nation whose leaders are truly at the service of the American working class and the world, while opposite remains true judging by the condition of the world and the average American.

We might be able to commiserate and find it in our hearts to stand shoulder to shoulder in protest with Rick as someone who is sincerely at odds with his views and those of his news media employer; someone singled out and punished, excoriated and ultimately ousted for daring to expose these views as nothing more than plain and simple window dressing for the sole purpose of increasing their TV ratings so as to successfully meet their bottom line. This scenario being hardly the case, forces some of us with a more alternative view to reconsider our unconditional and undivided support on his behalf. A more benevolent and tolerant opinion of the events would reek of sheer mendacity and irresponsibility on our part.

Further scrutiny also reveals the absurdity of feeling remorse at the supposed injustice been meted out at Rick for having been unfairly expelled from the channel for daring to be “a complex human being.” Moreover, his claim at being a “minority” becomes a travesty in light of the connotation of the very word — we would be hard pressed to come up with a single Hispanic minority individual who can boast of being blessed with such meritocracy. Mr. Sanchez can be said to have enjoyed at privileged status at CNN, not that he is unworthy of it, far from it. However one does wish that such an advantageous position could be employed to a more socially productive end and not in the service of the self-serving media establishment and its virtual myriad of pundits and demagogues. Had he assumed a progressive stand with a genuine interest of the public and those at the bottom of the rung in mind, his exit strategy would have been deemed more dignifying, redeemable and courageous. Then again, perhaps this is too much to ask of one who enjoys all the perks and gold membership for serving those at the top.

Francisco

— October 3, 2010

Nativists and the New Other

Recent news documenting “wave of attacks” on Mexican immigrants in Staten Island, New York are an indication that when the chips are down and the economy is in the tank, nativist attitudes, intolerance and ignorance rule the day. Regrettably, individuals having less to do with the impending crisis in the first place are the ones who more often than not bear the brunt for allegedly rigging the system for their personal advantage or for their opportunistic abilities to edge out born and raised in this country. It is no secret that most jobs held by immigrants —poor or illegal— are aimed solely for them, since the majority of the American worker has never had a need to engage in humiliating back- breaking work with zero benefits, long hours, ridiculous and unfair low wages and hardly anything to show for by week’s end, only a stark reminder of their uncertain status in a strange land with no friend or allies. Illegal immigrants, moreover, are also controlled by their employers, and a hypocritical political system that tricks and cajoles other marginalized and exploited citizens into thinking that their right to a job is being subverted and violated by people with different accents, a secret agenda, but with and an illegal status that renders their plight and existence even more vulnerable and miserable. Despite the fact that the illegal immigrant worker industry has always been an intricate but contributing factor to the U.S. GDP, it has conveniently been made to look immoral and in violation of the laws and the Constitution, when in reality it has served as a political calling card utilized by conniving and mendacious demagogues to score political points with their constituents.

Nonetheless, if repeated cultural conflicts are any indication in recent or past history, there’s
hardly any doubt that it will perhaps take a great deal of education and conscience building to make
the oppressed masses come to terms with their present economic predicament as it relates to their
perception of others lacking a legal status in their midst. The fact is that the most depressed sectors
of society must begin to realize that their struggle for equality does not involve looking for scapegoats
or attacking those wrongly perceived as having better access to jobs or the meager trickled down leftovers
the neoliberal clique has managed to spread for consumption in their race to the top. As we move further
into a new century, the one important lesson to be learned is how history repeats itself: the ruling
class is obviously formulating a new agenda for itself by adding new disfranchised groups to its usual
suspects roster by ostensibly making it appear that one group has already been legitimized enough to feel
that, erroneously, it has been left out in favor of others with a lesser status but given an unfair
advantage over them. Reality will prove otherwise if one takes the time to access online publications,
books, balanced and objective media or groups with a fair and conscientious social perspective.

It is about time people wake up and see the system for what it is and demand what’s right for them
and lodge their many grievances at a public forum and other truly social networks where the rulers may
have access and indeed fell pressured into heeding the complaints of the many people they’ve defrauded
and swindled in the process of amassing their fortunes in these trying economic times. Fighting those
that can hardly utter a single word to defend themselves, let alone plea for the way they are being
exploited, is hardly the most proactive way of telling the capitalist machinery that one had been
shortchanged or passed over, to the point of feeling so frustrated and impotent that surely somebody
must be held accountableble for your present condition. The incongruity of it all is that the individual
being made to pay for this injustice lacks the necessary nativist and chauvinistic credentials or skills
to even produce a whimper of protest as efficient or eloquent as a full- fledged citizen might be able to.
The prudent, sober and sisterly/brotherly thing to do is to stand in solidarity with them and complain
alongside them as loud as possible to fight the three most common enemies of humanity at our juncture:
unbridled capitalism, mendacity and intolerance.

Francisco

— August 12, 2010

Wading Through the Spin Maze

As far as I can recall, prior to the invasion of Iraq [1] in 2003 I cannot say that I was in any way in particular politically conscious and seldom demonstrated much interest in major political events that could conceivably shape or sway my perspective on any given progressive or social issue, let alone exact any opinion or reaction. In truth, I’d dare say that I considered myself a quasi democrat (perhaps by default, as most citizens of the liberal left do), having exercised my “privilege” to vote barely twice ever, and for the party which I then naively thought of as the true bastion of the liberal “left,” or to be more precise, the party of the lesser of two evils [2]. However, by passively believing then and embracing a “left-leaning” tendency and voting as a democrat as a deviation from the norm on those few occasions turned out to be in essence nothing more than offering my tacit consent to just another conservative entity ostensibly called The Democratic Party, affording little difference than its so-called opposition party. Perhaps I cared little about the results, as I’m sure most voters feel in their contempt for representative politics but manage to convince themselves, nonetheless that it is their civic duty to comply.

What proved catalyst for me without a doubt was my sense of shock and consternation upon learning the manner in which Washington insinuated itself into justifying an unprovoked, violent, and brutal invasion of a nation already in the aftermath of a previous attack inflicted with utmost swiftness and relentless intensity by non other than the U.S. itself over a decade earlier following the Iraqi regime’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait [3], a country decidedly of interest to the U.S. and its own appended corporate petro conglomerate outfit because of its rich and vast oil reserves in the Gulf.

The Middle East [4] in general was of vital interest and importance to Washington not just because of its abundance of oil reserves but also because it proved strategic and allowed for the opportunity and means of flexing its military muscles unilaterally in the region affording absolute control and domination by any and all means. Any and all excuses would ultimately serve the same unifying effort. The fact that lies [05] were part of the game is in many respects irrelevant and insignificant in the face of the single-minded determination germane to the Neo-liberal clique in Washington. Further scrutiny will reveal, furthermore that just as this strategy was being used to suit the obsession of the Bush Administration and its designers, other strategic plans to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein had been drawn as far back as the Clinton Administration [06] as well.

It is instructive to learn that up until the September 11, 2001 attacks [07] Washington’s “way of war” was in many respects clandestine [08] and often kept secret from the general public by operating almost undetected underground, forever alleging that whatever was done was being carried out for the benefit of the American people: George H. W. Bush confirmed this conceit by successfully concocting an invasion based on imperialistic propaganda, making it clear in no uncertain terms that U.S. interests [9] were at stake in the region and therefore had to be defended at all costs. George H. W. Bush’s adoption of the Reagan doctrine [10] as his political raison d’etat was followed by that [11] of his son, George W. Bush, who managed to respond in a blatant and unilateral manner to any and all perceived threats by choosing freely as he saw fit, daring to go so far as to justify an attack on any nation it chose with the chief aim of preempting whatever its intentions might be.

Following the invasion of Afghanistan [12] in late 2001 (in the search for those who “hate our way of life”), the U.S. political system reverted to hyper drive. Likewise all information outlets revved up in tandem, propped their resources immediately into high gear and succumbed to the manipulations of an administration hell-bent on having it its way. New allegations from the White House put the blame for the September 11 attacks squarely on the Iraqis.The American people believed it and concurred with the ideologues in
Washington formulating their own version of events for public consumption in rapid fire fashion, while staking a claim to the fact that the country was under attack and had to be defended by all means necessary. According to this logic, the nation would be avenged and justice would prevail on behalf of the American people. Certain civil liberties and Constitutional rights, of course, would have to be “temporarily” suppressed for reasons of National Security (the Patriot Act comes to mind), but a new dawn of freedom and democracy would be born thanks to the selfless efforts of the President, his staff and the Military. As a result, three key words made their way into the American lexicon: Weapons of Mass Destruction [13]. Saddam had them, and as proof Collin Powell appeared [14] in front of a United Nations panel equipped with dossiers, documents, slides and PowerPoint presentations that lent credence, beyond doubt, to the weapons allegations against the Iraqis. And to put the icing on the cake, the media and information outlets as good troopers heeded the call of the Administration with even more zeal and, as history would have it, enlisted with the outgoing troops by becoming embedded [15] with them, without as much as a hint of questioning the motives of the Executive branch regarding the invasion and thus committed themselves to function as cheerleader, mouthpiece, and lap dog of the Bush cabal, more out of fear of being targeted as aiding the terrorists than in losing credibility and support from a coaxed nation brainwashed into thinking that the whole world was against them.

The Democrats were also easily won over and became part of the new policy, proving once more that wars, foreign invasions of underdeveloped nations, political sabotage of all sorts by agent provocateurs in Washington, economic and financial monopolies that target underdeveloped economies (and ours too!) as easy preys: none of these dubious undertakings can ever be the sole domain of one ruling party alone. They might indeed differ in tactics or strategic designs for that matter, but the final aim remains incontrovertible: to function and serve in full capacity in the interest of U.S. Empire and its ruling ideology. The Democrats’ rationale [16], however irrational and mendacious, of course, is understandable: out of fear of becoming a liability at the polls in future elections, they could not afford to appear weak on war, or undetermined in the face of imminent terror. They saw it as their patriotic duty to join so as to support their President and serve their country. After all, votes and popularity trump integrity, principles, and most of all, respect for other nation’s sovereignty. Terrorism as a guiding principle, watchword, mantra, became the new gospel and refuge of the administration, just as patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels, charlatans (and “public servants” in Washington, we may feel free to add).

In retrospect, I sometimes cannot help but wonder what could have been going through people’s head as the spectacle being played out on national television and the news media for twenty-four hours a day leading up to the final countdown of the invasion of Iraq unfolded. After all, “shock and awe” [17] did become a reality on March 20, 2003; a stark reality especially for the Iraqi people long held captive under the iron fist of a ruthless tyrant—long favored by Washington [18] —and as if things weren’t dire enough, frighteningly and anxiously awaiting in constant terror and fear the onslaught of a superpower about to deliver a payload of real “weapons of mass destruction” on them: large bombs that would rain down and metamorphose into many smaller ones capable of carpeting entire neighborhoods with no eye or conscience over their unimpeded and destructive trajectory, and with zero regard for the human toll about to be exacted. In the U.S. we may be able to safely state that we have, for the most part been insulated and spared the suffering most nations of the Global South [19] go through. But we, as members of the human race, should be capable of empathizing with the pain of others in solidarity and coordinated opposition to mass slaughter, state terror and imperialistic oppression, especially when such horrific deeds are being carried out in our name and that of our children. To think otherwise can only serve to isolate and further ostracize us politically and culturally in the eyes of other nations to the point of appearing hyperbolically ignorant, jingoistic and tragically desensitized to the trials, tribulations and suffering of others. It behooves us to join the world and other peoples—collectively and in concerted dissent—and demand of our leaders, in earnest, a commitment to truth, decency and respect for the sovereignty of other peoples.

Notes

  1. Arab News, March 21, 2003.
  2. CommonDreams.org, Tuesday, October 17, 2000.
  3. BBC News, August 2, 1990
  4. Project For The New American Century, 2005.
  5. The Independent, April 27, 2003.
  6. Wikipedia.org, March 7, 2010
  7. Monthly Review, November, 2001.
  8. Information Clearing House, August 2, 1990.
  9. International Socialist Review, December 2000-January 2001.
  10. Third World Traveler.
  11. Chomsky.Info, October 2, 2004.
  12. The World Socialist Website, November 20, 2001.
  13. ZCommunications, Sunday, February 16, 2003.
  14. YouTube (setfree70).
  15. CounterPunch, March 31, 2003.
  16. Washington Post, Wednesday, October 20, 2004.
  17. CounterPunch, March 26, 2003.
  18. National Security Archives, February 25, 2003.
  19. MRZine, February 15, 2010.

Francisco
—July 30, 2010