Excerpt from JOHN PILGER “The Silent Military Coup That Took Over Washington”, The Guardian (September 11, 2013)
Under the “weak” Obama, militarism has risen perhaps as never before. With not a single tank on the White House lawn, a military coup has taken place in Washington. In 2008, while his liberal devotees dried their eyes, Obama accepted the entire Pentagon of his predecessor, George Bush: its wars and war crimes. As the constitution is replaced by an emerging police state, those who destroyed Iraq with shock and awe, piled up the rubble in Afghanistan and reduced Libya to a Hobbesian nightmare, are ascendant across the US administration. Behind their beribboned facade, more former US soldiers are killing themselves than are dying on battlefields. Last year 6500 veterans took their own lives. Put out more flags.
The historian Norman Pollack calls this “liberal fascism”: “For goose-steppers substitute the seemingly more innocuous militarisation of the total culture. And for the bombastic leader, we have the reformer manqué, blithely at work, planning and executing assassination, smiling all the while.” Every Tuesday the “humanitarian” Obama personally oversees a worldwide terror network of drones that “bugsplat” people, their rescuers and mourners. In the west’s comfort zones, the first black leader of the land of slavery still feels good, as if his very existence represents a social advance, regardless of his trail of blood. This obeisance to a symbol has all but destroyed the US anti-war movement – Obama’s singular achievement.
In Britain, the distractions of the fakery of image and identity politics have not quite succeeded. A stirring has begun, though people of conscience should hurry. The judges at Nuremberg were succinct: “Individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity.” The ordinary people of Syria, and countless others, and our own self-respect, deserve nothing less now.
Note: A couple years after the Bush war on Iraq had commenced, those with whom I had debated the legitimacy of the war and who had reversed themselves asked, “So how did you know the war was a con job? Why were you better informed than the rest of us?”
Simply I was better informed because I did NOT rely on the New York Times or the Washington Post. I read foreign press and alternative news. My primary source for REAL news was The Guardian published in Great Britain. The Guardian has been a consistently honest and accurate purveyor of the news.
Check out http://www.theguardian.com/us.
Postscript: Posts are frequently scheduled several days in advance of the date of actual posting. Since excerpting the afore-posted essay it has been reported that the Obama Administration has reached an agreement with Russia and other nations to seek the destruction of all chemical weapons in Syria. This is a welcome development and the DISSENTING DEMOCRAT joins much of the world in supporting this agreement as an alternative to an American unilateral bombing mission.