This writer, with a BA in Speech & Theater and a minor in Film, regards John Frankenheimer’s 1964 movie Seven Days in May as the greatest! It is a must see for all Americans, especially in this age of extended empire. The screenplay was written by Rod Serling, and it is as powerful an indictment against the abuses of the Military Industrial Complex as one can find. The only reason this film would not fit into the genre of Serling’s Twilight Zone series is that a Coup d’état did actually occur in November 1963. View the film, either for the first time or the hundredth time… it is that important. Yet, perhaps the Military Industrial Complex, led by its inner core of imperialist manipulators, needs not a Coup d’état anymore. Perhaps all that is needed is enough fear of attack to allow the good folks of America to become as obedient as necessary. Did not September 11, 2001 give us that?
What really happened on that day, now nearly 10 years ago? So many books and theories have been brought forth, yet our mainstream media, controlled by …you guessed it, seems to discount most if not all of those theories. The purpose of this column is not to go down that road. Google 9/11 Truth or David Ray Griffin and check out the myriad of resource material available. The bottom line is that the Military Industrial Complex and the Cabal of nameless individuals made lots of money and extended our American empire because of that day. The coup that occurred on November 22, 1963 helped pave the way for it. There is a fine book, JFK and the Unspeakable, which came out last year. Read it! Oliver Stone, who was vilified after he made his JFK film, was hitting home with some powerful truths. The critics who trashed it simply took the few times that Stone used artistic license to mislead the public away from the historical facts. Those facts were that we did have a Coup d’e tat in 1963, and that we have never, as a nation, been able to counteract it.
On September 11, 2011, we will see and hear a slew of remembrances for the fallen. I say rightly so that we Americans remember the civilians killed in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and in those planes. I would hope (and pray) that we Americans also reflect upon our need to finally have closure on what really may have gone down that day. The 9/11 Commission was partly a ‘whitewash ‘and completely a cop-out! The effect of that dastardly day was first the Patriot Act, whereupon the Bill of Rights was trashed. Then we had our Congress, more concerned about the upcoming elections than our Constitution, who overwhelmingly gave up its own exclusive right to declare war. Finally, we had an empire, really on its last legs, which needed to show force and Shock and Awe innocent people to death. There will be no ceremonies on September 11th for those hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead, or the 4000+ young Americans killed in that hornet’s nest… Our hornet’s nest!
All of a sudden American foreign policy trumpets the need to ‘Bring democracy to the world.’ And now, they change the faces and the political ornaments, these masters behind the Military Industrial Complex curtains. Back at home, we have a 2 Party con job that will not allow for any real ideas of needed change, whether they are economic or political. Sadly, as our nation falls deeper into a depression ( financially and emotionally ) few seem to challenge the Military Industrial Complex that even Cold War warrior President Eisenhower chose to warn us about… much too late! No, the hypocrites who wear those Republican, Democrat and Tea Party buttons on their election cycle lapels only care about serving the empire. Who is this empire? Who makes bundles of money from phony wars, illegal invasions and occupations? Who earns profits from those fantastic up and down swings of the S& P? Yet, they still pull the strings and watch the obedient lemmings march to the edge of the cliff of reason. Swim anyone?
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is a small businessman, activist leader and free lance columnist. Philip is an advocate for the 25% Solution to cut military spending to save our state and city budget shortfalls. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 250 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at the fine Dandelion Salad website. Philip can be reached at email@example.com.