Let us first define a few things:
Evil: Morally bad or wrong; harmful and injurious; something that causes misfortune, suffering or difficulty.
Empire: Imperial domination, power or authority; larger than a kingdom and often comprising a number of territories or nations, ruled by a SINGLE CENTRAL AUTHORITY (my caps).
Enable: To provide with the means; to give legal power, capacity or sanction to.
Germany, 1941. Any small town, perhaps a suburban one. Young mothers are dropping their kids off at a local gymnasium. They smile and laugh to one another, as do the happy kids. Everyone, it seems, is content. There is no mention, not even the thought, of the Wehrmacht’s deep penetration of Russia, a totally pre-emptive attack upon a sovereign nation. Nor is there the consideration of the brutality of such an invasion, with the burning of villages, summary executions of civilians etc. As to the fate of the Russian Jews, well, to these mothers on that sunny afternoon in some suburban German town… who cares? Did they care about the welfare of their neighbors; German Jews forced to wear the yellow star and forced to give up their businesses… and homes? What about the rumors of concentration camps performing such brutality on the inmate? Surely, most of these young mothers must have known something?
Port Orange, Florida, 2011. Young mothers, many in jumbo SUVS, stop to drop off or pick up their teenaged kids outside the local YMCA. It is a sunny and quite pleasant November afternoon. They laugh and smile at one another, exchanging recent gossip or news. The kids are so happy, the Moms seem so happy. Some SUVs have the yellow ribbons to ‘Support Our Troops ‘or maybe to ‘Save the Turtles ‘. Yet, never will the conversations contain dialogue about our illegal and immoral invasions of Iraq & Afghanistan. As with those German moms in 1941, Iraq and Afghanistan are filled with terrorists, similar to those sub human Slavs who were killing the brave Wehrmacht soldiers in Russia. There is no mention by the Port Orange moms about what they knew was done at Abu Ghraib , or the infamous Apache Helicopter massacre of 19 unarmed Iraqi civilians by US soldiers in 2007. Do these moms realize, or even dare to realize, that over half of the federal taxes their husbands and they send to Uncle Sam go for strictly military spending? The school system they send those happy , smiling kids to is being slowly bankrupted, as is the library that the kids go to so often, as is the police department and fire department, and most city services….
Whether some of you out there like it or not, America is an empire and has been one since the end of WW2. Sadly, as the years move onward, our empire has gotten both larger and more evil. I could ramble on as to how our Military Industrial Complex (MIC) conned us into thinking that the Russians were a threat to us. The reality is that after our U 2 surveillance flights of the 1950s, sources high up in the Pentagon and political sphere knew the opposite to be true. Matter of fact, if one reads JFK and the Unspeakable by Douglass, it was the Joint Chiefs, in collusion with Dulles and his CIA crew, who unanimously agreed in 1960 for a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the Russians in the very near future. Eisenhower, terrified by this cabal (which in his farewell address he named the Military Industrial Complex) decided to let the new president, JFK, deal with them and their plans. Readers of this column should Google Operation Northwoods and be enlightened as to what lengths our MIC can and will go to (9/11 Truth anyone?). The MIC, from the 60s on, led us into Vietnam, Chile (assassination of Allende), countless coups in a myriad of countries… and finally our two invasions/ occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. What all these covert and overt military operations accomplished was to slowly bankrupt our economy, by transferring needed revenues for domestic stability into added funds for the War Industries.
In previous columns this writer has focused on the lack of morality by not only our leaders but by many of our citizenry. How many of us have turned a blind eye to unconstitutional and illegal acts of war by our government? The very people who get so riled up about aborting a fetus remain silent to the aborting of the lives of innocent civilians destroyed by our Shock & Awe bombings or our use of torture. Hundreds of thousands, yes, hundreds of thousands of simple and decent citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have been killed or maimed by our military might. Sometimes it is the lack of healthy drinking water, or lack of electricity, or lack of food, all because our WMDs have taken out their vital infrastructure. Our soldiers are not fighting wars in these countries. No, they are being used as illegal occupiers and jailers in nations that the United States has transformed into prisons for their citizens. Are there terrorists? Yes, there are terrorists in these places. The English, world renowned imperialists and colonialists, labeled our Revolutionary War patriots as terrorists and guerillas. Their British descendants, who ruled Palestine, referred to the Irgun, the Zionists who blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem (July 22, 1946) killing 91 people, mostly women and children, as terrorists. The Nazis in occupied France and Poland called the partisans and resistance fighters terrorists. Terrorism is a broad term and is used by both the legitimate victims of it and by the evil invaders victimized by it.
You see, for many out there, if the horror and the terror do not hit you where you live, then you forget or deny it. Here we are, going on nine years after our illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, and still many of us do not give a damn? Oh yes, now that the financial costs of it all have come home ‘to roost ‘, people begin to care. ‘Money talks and nobody walks ‘, yes? In some quarters of our nation there is finally outrage at how broke we are, both economically and spiritually. At least some of us are beginning to ‘get it ‘. What about the rest of you out there? What about those of you, who still, to this day, buy what the MIC is selling? You display the yellow ribbons and you pray each Sunday for our troops… not to get them the hell out of there, rather to allow them to ‘finish the mission ‘and bring democracy to Iraq & Afghanistan. You vote for the 2 Party con job over and over. You never question their motives or their actions when it comes to spending your hard earned money on more and more war and mayhem abroad. You will most likely allow a virtual police state to overwhelm our daily lives… at least for those of us out there who adhere to the Bill of Rights. This Occupy Wall Street grassroots movement is a good thing, if done peacefully and free from partisan political co opting. It would indeed be sad if they overlook the most vital of all issues: It’s the empire stupid! The same crooks and scoundrels that Mark Twain told us it was government’s purpose to protect us from are front and center with the MIC. Who invests in the war machinery? Who loans money to Uncle Sam to conduct phony wars and invasions? Who profits from these things? I am hoping and praying that the brave souls who belong to this new street protest movement will finally ‘ connect the dots ‘ and realize that it is all part of one big MIC scam!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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