Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Imperial Exploits

Now that it is clear we are about to embark on the next phase of the “war on terrror” and pre-emptively strike Iran on the pretense of destroying their nuclear facilities, we should better acquaint ourselves with the situation as it now stands. One of the greatest ironies of our proposed pre-emptive strike against Iran’s supposed nuclear facilities is that it will likely be conducted using nuclear weapons. Pentagon scientists have deemed these “tactical” nukes to be “safe for humans” but most experts not on the Pentagon payroll tell a different tale.

What are our real objectives in engaging in perpetual war against an enemy we can claim resides in any country we choose to target next? Is it all about oil, or is also about propping up the dollar at the expense of other nations?

Michel Chossudovsky is a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa who has written many books and articles on the globalization of poverty and the effects of global economic institutions on countries around the world. He delivered this eye-popping speech at the Perdana Peace Forum in Kuala Lumpur. Please take the time to watch it (it’s about 20 minutes in length. Follow this link and click on Video Webcast). Whether you agree with what he says or not, it will give you a glimpse into the war of ideas that is being fought around the world. Countries are taking sides and we may have Great Britain and Australia with us, but the opposition to our imperial exploits is growing every day and they are getting ready to take us on.

The Bush administration has framed the debate in the most simplistic terms for the sensitive American digestive system. We’re either with him and his knuckleheaded friends at the Project For The New American Century, or we’re with the terrorists. But what if the terrorists are not real? What if Al Qeada, translated as “The Database” (sounds like a CIA codename doesn’t it), is nothing more than the boogeyman cooked up by the geniuses at PNAC with the sole purpose of instilling fear in the American public? What if the war in Iraq and the soon to be started war in Iran is nothing more than retribution for threats made by Saddam Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, current President of Iran, to move away from the dollar as the primary currency for oil? For a detailed account of what that would do to our economy, read The Proposed Iranian Oil Bourse, by Krassimir Petrov, Ph.D.

Beyond the Middle East, there is Venezuela, often referred to as the “Saudi Arabia Of Latin America”. It is important for us to consider why it is such a high priority for Pat Robertson, the Bush administration and Fox News to portray President Hugo Chavez as a threat to the United States. Could this be one more example of concocting a threat out of thin air in order to justify yet another pre-emptive strike if our exploits in the Middle East fail to yield the results we need? Again, the world is choosing sides with Russia, China, India and Iran on one side and us on the other. Considering the implications, it is our duty as citizens to know and understand as much as possible the facts, the fiction and the intentions of our government.


Blogger Rory Shock said...

This is an important statement you make here. Clear and right. True and bright.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Roberta Kelly said...

Yes! You are magnificent. No one, as yet (that I have discovered), tells this whole story with such an eloquent style and yet truly with clear simplicity.

You have made me cry!

2:18 PM  

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