Monster’s Ball: Drawing Back the Veil on the ‘Death State’
“ For more than a hundred years, the foreign policy of the United States government has been directed to the establishment and maintenance of global dominance. To this end, violence, overthrow, conquest and murder have been utilized as required … More and more, oppression and brutalization have become the bywords of domestic policy as well. Today, the United States as a political entity is a corporatist-authoritarian-militarist monstrosity: its major products are suffering, torture, barbarism and death on a huge scale.”
|by Chris Floyd EmpireBurlesque|
|Wednesday, 21 April 2010|
Arthur Silber is back, with piercing insights that rip the veil which even self-proclaimed dissenters still draw across the blood-soaked reality of what Silber aptly calls the “Death State” that has long “wrapped the world in flames” (to quote the preferred method of resolving diplomatic conflicts famously voiced by Abe Lincoln’s secretary of state) from its mephitic base on the Potomac.
As always with Silber, you must read the whole piece (and follow the links) to get the full force of the argument, which is nuanced, multifarious and deeply considered, but here is just the briefest excerpt to send you on your way:
There is more, much more in the original post — “An Evil Monstrosity: Thoughts on the Death State“; excerpting it actually does it an injustice. So go there now and read it.
When you’ve done that, scoot on over to Truthdig, where you will find William Pfaff writing in a similar vein about the bloody deceptions of the Death State: past, present — and future. Some excerpts:
The release of Gates’ memo was part of the usual factional cat-fighting among the militarist courtiers: some want to attack Iran now, some want to wait until later — or as that great liberal-progressive hero Admiral Fallon once said of the human beings in Iran: “These guys are ants. When the time comes, you crush them.” For now, most of the factionalists lean toward the Fallon scenario: crush the insects later, when we don’t have so much on our plate, and it will be more profitable.
And thus the Nobel Peace Laureate who is temporarily managing the Death State is now pushing hard for even more sanctions on the Iranians for the crime of … developing a nuclear energy program as allowed by international treaty and inspected to a fare-thee-well by international observers. The defenders of the Nobelist — I suppose we must call him the Death Laureate — point to his push for sanctions as proof of his “different” approach to the “threat” of Iran. But what is the reality of such sanctions? Again, Arthur Silber nailed it well, in a piece from 2009:
Silber then pointed to an excellent article by Stanley Kutler, detailing the last sanctions regime enforced in the Middle East by a hip, progressive president, a topic we touched upon here the other day. From Kutler:
This is what “tough” sanctions by a progressive, humanitarian interventionist can do. And this is the kind of thing the Iranians have to look forward to — while they wait to be consumed in a mushroom cloud, that is.
For as we all know, Laureate Obama and his Pentagon warlord recently made the threatened nuclear destruction of the millions of human beings in Iran a centerpiece of their new, “more restrained” nuclear weapons doctrine. As John Caruso notes (see original for links):
Nuclear terrorism is of course the logical endpoint of a Death State. And as Caruso rightly notes, Barack Obama constantly, ceaselessly threatens Iran with nuclear destruction — and has done so from the very start of his campaign for the presidency. The continual, open threat to murder millions of innocent, defenseless human beings is indeed “an evil monstrosity” — one so gargantuan that very few people seem able to grasp its reality.
But Silber sees through, and sees true. We are once more in his debt for fixing our eyes on the sulfurous essence of Death State, behind all the sound and fury of the factional squabbles of our most monstrous elites.
Written by laudyms
April 22, 2010 at 10:13 am