There is a quote supposedly attributed to former President George H.W. Bush that states, “If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched.” Now I’m not saying the former president actually said it; but I’m not saying he didn’t. I just want to cast a bit of a shadow over this almost godlike reverence some people have towards their government; as if it can do no wrong.
Sometimes it is all I can do to not shake my head in amazement at people over how they bicker back and forth amongst each other from their left/right perspectives. Each side accuses the other of doing things that are bad, or not in the best interests of the country, but neither side is willing to admit that government itself can be, and is, evil.
Just take for instance this whole narrative of Russian collusion in the 2016 election of Donald Trump. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that there is some substance to the claim – so what? That’s right, you heard me – so what? So Russia may have hacked into the DNC and released documents that were damaging to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. If that’s all they did, they ought to get a pass compared to some of the things our government has done regarding the internal politics of other countries.
How many times has the U.S. gotten involved in the internal politics of other countries; often orchestrating coups to oust democratically elected officials, to be replaced with more U.S. friendly leaders? For instance, in 1949 while Harry Truman was President a coup was orchestrated which saw the overthrow of the elected parliamentary government in Syria just because they had refused to allow the construction of an oil pipeline in the region. Soon afterwards, the new government approved construction of this pipeline.
Then in 1953 a joint CIA/British Intelligence led coup saw the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran removed from office, to be replaced with the Shah, who then opened up Iran’s oil fields to Western business interests.
In 1954 the CIA ran Operation PBSUCCESS which saw the Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz deposed.
And let us not forget the failed Bay of Pigs where the Kennedy administration sought the overthrow of the Castro regime in Cuba.
These are just a few of the many examples where the U.S. has meddled in the internal politics of other countries; yet we’re concerned that Russia may have hacked into the DNC servers and released data damaging to the Clinton campaign? It’s pretty amazing that we can criticize Russia, or Trump for doing that, yet we turn a blind eye to the many instances our government has done worse in other countries.
Then of course there is this ridiculous belief that it is unpatriotic to question the use of our military in all these foreign wars. Listen, as someone who served in the military for nearly a decade and a half, I’m all about supporting the military – when they are used for the defense of this country. But is that what is actually happening; are our troops defending America or are they being used to implement U.S. foreign policy, or benefit U.S. business interests?
Well, according to former Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Let us not forget that Halliburton, former Vice-President Cheney’s company, has made nearly $40 billion in profits from the War in Iraq. So I’m inclined to believe that many of these wars, of which most have not had the backing of a Congressional declaration of war, are more about implementing U.S. foreign policy and opening the door so that U.S. business interests can turn a profit than they are about defending America.
Oh, and of course there is the little thing about the drug trade that the CIA supposedly has its hands in. Some claim that during Vietnam the CIA used its Air America to smuggle drugs out of the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia into the U.S. And then there is the uncomfortable fact that prior to our invasion of Afghanistan the opium production was at an all time low under the Taliban, but now that we have gotten involved opium production has skyrocketed; and poppy fields are even said to be guarded by U.S. troops.
Coincidence? I think not…
Who profits from war? Well the bomb makers and the bullet manufacturers certainly do, as do the banks who loan the money to governments to fund these wars. Since we’re asking who profits from war, it is only fair to ask, who pays for them? Well those who are sent off to fight them certainly do. They suffer loss of life, separation from family, and the mental anguish that comes with the witnessing of horrors people should not have to be exposed to. Then of course there is the fact that our country often forgets or abandons them when the war is over. How many POW’s are still listed as missing from Vietnam? How many from WWII and Korea? If you want my thoughts on it, if our government feels the need to send our troops halfway across the globe to fight in these conflicts, then it owes those it sends every effort to make sure that each and every one of them is fully accounted for at the conclusion of that conflict. Our troops are not expendable objects to be tossed aside and forgotten once they have served their purpose. But it sure seems like that’s how they are viewed by the government that sends them off to fight.
And since we’re on the subject of war, what about all the atrocities our government commits while engaging in these wars? We here in America decry human rights violations across the planet by other regimes, but if truth be told, America is just as guilty, if not worse, than some of the countries we complain about.
How many civilians have died in the Iraq war alone? Some estimates place the number as high as 8,000 Iraqi civilians having been killed by U.S. air and drone strikes. Let us not forget the airstrike in 2008 that led to 37 deaths at a wedding party in Afghanistan; most of them women and children. And of course we are the only country that has used nuclear weapons on civilian people in the course of fighting a war.
But oh, America has the moral high ground because….Well, if you can find a way to finish that sentence you have a better imagination than I do; for I don’t see us having any moral high ground to stand upon.
This attitude isn’t something new either; it dates way back into our past. Just look at the treatment of the Native American Indians by our government; how they were forced off their native lands so that our settlers could take colonize them. Oh, and of course let us not forget how General Philip Sheridan once said, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” That’s real humane!
Yet we Americans are quick to point an accusing finger at other countries when they commit, what we call, human rights violations. Yet I run into a brick wall when I try to show people how their own government is just as guilty of violating our rights right here in the so-called land of the free and home of the brave.
The sad thing is, people accept these violations of their rights because they believe that it serves a higher purpose; the overall safety and security of this country. We sacrifice freedom of speech and religion because we do not want to offend the precious sensibilities of others. We sacrifice our right to keep and bear arms because we fear becoming victims of crime. We sacrifice our right to privacy so that our government is better able to track down and prevent acts of terrorism.
Yet when someone like Edward Snowden comes forward and lifts the veil to show the extent to which you are monitored and spied upon, the government calls HIM the criminal and the sheeple bleat in support; condemning him for endangering national security. Well in 1969 the Supreme Court, for once, got it right when they held, “It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of the liberties … which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile.” (Source: US v Robel)
So, if our rights are unalienable, if they are supposed to be beyond the ability of government to infringe upon or violate, then why is it that those who speak out against our government doing just that are labeled as criminals and subversive? If you ask me, when exposing a crime becomes a crime, then we are ruled by criminals.
If Donald Trump had any concern for the liberty of the American people, the first thing he would have done once he was sworn in would have been to issue a full pardon for Edward Snowden. But, since he hasn’t done that, I can only assume that Trump is no better than any of our past presidents when it comes to respecting our rights and liberty.
It’s funny that all these Trump supporters have fallen behind the President in his calling the network news as Fake News, yet they believe the narrative fed to them by this ‘Fake News’ when it comes to the official story of 9/11. How gullible are people to believe the official story?
We are supposed to believe that barely novice pilots hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into WTC 1 & 2, as well as the Pentagon; making maneuvers that highly trained pilots have found difficult to reproduce on flight simulators? We are to believe that there is no footage of a commercial jetliner hitting one of the most highly surveilled and monitored buildings in the U.S.; the Pentagon? We are to believe that, not one, but two steel framed skyscrapers, that were built specifically to withstand the impact of a commercial jet, collapsed into their own footprints without causing the destruction of most of the surrounding buildings? We are to believe that another steel framed building, WTC 7, also collapsed due to a few small fires and debris that hit it?
We are to believe that of all the passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that supposedly hit the North Tower, Mohammad Atta’s passport was the only one found; in near pristine condition? Are we to discount the reports by first responders of hearing explosions in the sub-basement of the Twin Towers moments before they began collapsing? Are we to discount the fact that days after the Towers collapsed pools of molten steel were found in the debris? We are to dismiss the fact that coincidentally the same day the attacks took place the US military was engaging in war exercises which simulated hijacked aircraft, and may have led to confusion when the typical response to a hijacked aircraft is to dispatch military aircraft to intercept them?
Too many unanswered questions, too many coincidences for me to sit back and accept the official story. I suppose we’ll never know who was behind the 9/11 attacks, but it would not surprise me in the least if it was not planned, or at least known about, by those in the higher echelons of power within our government.
Oh, but Neal, our government wouldn’t…couldn’t do something that horrific. Bullshit! Ever hear of Operation Northwood? Operation Northwood was a proposal by the DoD and Joint Chiefs to plan and orchestrate hijackings and acts of terrorism against the US in order to place the blame on Cuba so that the US could depose the Castro regime. Thankfully the plan was rejected by President Kennedy, but to think that they even thought about doing something like that shows that it is a distinct possibility that it is possible they may have done it.
I’m gonna tell you something you may not want to hear, but your government doesn’t care about you or your well being. In fact, you’re a guinea pig to them, a test subject and a tax slave. How many times has the government enacted tests using an unsuspecting public as the test subjects?
MK Ultra comes to mind, where people were submitted to doses of LSD to study its effects upon them. In one instance, a subject in Kentucky was given LSD for 174 consecutive days. The of course there were the Tuskegee Experiments were men infected with syphilis were told they were being treated but were, in fact, being given placebos and the progress of the disease monitored and studied. Let us not forget how our own troops were used to study the effects of mustard gas and nuclear fallout.
So don’t tell me our government isn’t capable of sacrificing a few thousand lives to shift public opinion to support a cause; such as a blank check for a war against terror.
We, as Americans, condemn human rights violations by other countries; particularly the atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II. Yet did you know that the Japanese also performed their own cruel and inhumane tests during World War II. Known as Unit 731 this covert branch of the Japanese government performed lethal biological and chemical tests upon human beings; yet at the end of the war many of the scientists involved were given immunity by the US government in exchange for access to the data they had amassed during their grisly experiments.
Of course there was also Operation Paperclip where high value Nazi targets were given immunity, and often citizenship, if they came to America and shared their knowledge. Many of those allowed to come to the US were former Nazis who should have been charged with war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials. For instance, Walter Schreiber was linked to human experimentation at the Ravensbruk Concentration Camp, and was relocated in Argentina…with the full support of the US government and the aid of the US military.
But Neal, these things couldn’t happen here in America; we’re better than that? Are we? Just look at the crimes we commit against each other all the time; horrific crimes. Don’t tell me our government isn’t capable of those same type crimes just because we vote for them. Many a cruel dictator rose to power in democratic elections; and many of them were put into place by our own government; or supported by them when it served our interests.
Our government is just as guilty of human rights violations and crimes against humanity as are those we Americans so readily point our fingers at in righteous indignation. Yet we turn a blind eye to the abuses of power by our government because we fear the world pointing a finger at us for allowing these crimes to take place. We vote for these people, and therefore it is under our watch that these crimes occur. If we are too cowardly to take a serious look at how evil our own government is, then that’s on us as a people. But make no mistake about it, our government is as guilty of human rights violations as are all those we condemn for it across the globe. The thing is, it doesn’t matter which party is in power, these crimes continue to go on regardless of whether the Democrats or Republicans are in charge…it’s just the nature of the beast that is government.
And if that truly is the nature of our government, wouldn’t you say it’s well past time that we slayed the beast?