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Journal Jeremiah Cornelius's Journal: Evil Empire 34

The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it.

It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

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  • As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq had a relationship with Al Quaeda and shared responsibility for the atrocity in New York of September 11th 2001. We were assured that this was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq threatened the security of the world. We were assured it was true. It was not true.

    Indeed, Saddam himself strove to perpetuate this myth.
    World leaders, then and now, engage in high-stakes games. Power and poker differ by one letter, do they not.
    Thus, if we can all agree that the Bushes of human history really need to be curtailed, what are we actually doing to effect that?
    Precious little, as far as I can tell.

    • Saddam himself strove to perpetuate this myth

      Citation needed.

      • []

        To anticipate your objections, the U.S. was using the U.N. to beat up on Saddam. We needn't be coy here.
        Now, if you're wanting to peel back the onion, and look at the regional politics, you'll note that the Iranian Shiites, when not united with the rest of the Sunnis in the region against Great Satan, don't like each other.
        And so (my theory, but I don't think it a reach) is that, based upon Gulf War I's masterful example of limite
        • Thanks for that, Smitty.

          We're fond of trotting out the old saw, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

          The problem with this is that, by qualifying it, we lull ourselves into feeling safe when we're not.

          The truth is that power corrupts.

          Unless it is counterbalanced by a sense of duty and responsibility to any and all.

          • Indeed, I'd like to extend Acton: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and petty amounts of power corrupt over time, as a glance at any home owner's association reveals."
        • Nice fairy tale there! From the truth teller in chief

          The facts are classified, leaving us with the more plausible explanation that it wasn't House of Saud, but Mr. Blair, while being blackmailed over banging Murdoch's wife [], who was begging the US to take up the cause. Her kids' DNA should be checked. "Godfather" indeed...

          • It's my theory, and you're welcome to label it a fairy tale, though I'm not sure your label's dispositive.
            Throwing Blair under the bus, while interesting, doesn't seem compelling.
            Though it does invite the question of to what degree W was a ukelele, and the rest of the world was getting its Don Ho on with him.
            • ...doesn't seem compelling.

              Oh, bit it is. It provides the back story behind the whole phone hacking scheme over there, and many other juicy bits. Forget Bush, Blair's the man!

              • Forget Bush? We have 5 years of Obama built upon blaming him! You madman!
                • We have 5 years of Obama built upon blaming him!

                  Yes... The trick worked perfectly, and the system stands with nary a scratch.

                  • "Nary a scratch": north of $6.5T []: ah, the sweet, beautiful, broad expanse of perspectives we enjoy.
                    The additional beggary brought on by next year's ObamaCare subsidies will help scale the Detroit triumph up to the national level in a jiffy!
                    • The debt is bullshit. You all have been successfully distracted by their shell game. The powerful have kept their power over the millennia, and that's all that matters, despite your protestations.

                    • Yes, well, your propensity to single out and concentrate on the bit players does not make that very clear, especially when you advocate other bit players that have no capacity or real desire to change anything. If you are against concentrated power, I won't believe it until you show it.. You have to realize that economic and political power are an inextricable matched set. Otherwise it's just noisy barking.

                    • Otherwise it's just noisy barking.

                      I've blogged and advocated these years, and done all I think ethical to support actual reform/improvement, not merely bumper sticker sales pitches.
                      Rome wasn't build in a day, and our country's demolition has taken a century.
                      And what is it you do to help, besides attempt to kneecap those doing something?

                    • Doing the wrong thing is worse than doing nothing, as more than adequately illustrated by the events of the last fifty years, at least.. You don't take Aspirin for dengue, unless you want the patient to bleed out. And like the sig says, you can't 'reform' a thing that is designed to be corrupt.

                      ...our country's demolition has taken a century.

                      TWO centuries, minimum...

                    • Do you know what we call your complacent ilk from the 1770s? Canadians.

                      Doing the wrong thing is worse than doing nothing, as more than adequately illustrated by the events of the last fifty years

                      Standing by and letting the Godless Commies destroy our Precious Bodily Fluids (culturally speaking) was both doing nothing and the wrong thing.
                      Humans grow old & die; human nature is relatively constant.
                      We now have the technology to minimize some of the corruption that's picked up over the last century, and yet you seem strangely comfortable with it.
                      One is tempted to presume you're well-ensconced.

                    • Canada seems to have gotten the better of US advantages, with a minimum of US degradation and reprehensibility.

                    • Other than their idiotic "Human Rights" courts, if your name is Mark Steyn.
                    • Damn! You can be so depressing...

              • He fucked Murdoch's wife - hence the divorce underway.

                There's HUGE iceberg, under that tip...

            • When and why did Blair bang Deng?

              This is far more interesting and complicated than the old Lewinsky business, with Clinton. It involves the Murdoch phone hacking scandal, false intelligence and press manipulations, Murdoch's role in para-political activity...

              The list goes on.

              • When? Let's try to figure out where they were around February 2001.
                Why? Oh come now! Couldn't it be more obvious?

                The Blair case follows the script [] very closely. With Clinton it was exactly the same, but in reverse. Create a sex scandal to derail an investigation, which could have brought to light his involvement in Iran/Contra. The Lewinsky business is indeed very fascinating for what it accomplished. It saved his ass big time, and is something I believe Hillary set up for just that (well, for her own actua

                • Make the Israel connection on Lewinsky.

                  Interesting possibilities.

                  • Make the Israel connection on Lewinsky.

                    Okay []...

                    • :-)

                      Who was / is "Mega".

                      How close was Clinton to moving against "Mega", at time of Lewinsky affair.

                      Where's "Mega" now?

                      Why are Chicago's schools being sold off to private bidders, after concession for parking, and other means to remain viable and sustainable?

                    • Mere details that divert attention from the nature of things. I need a drink. Got any gin?

                    • Boodle's. Gilbey's.

                      Limes are in short supply, but there's a bottle of Angostura.

                    • by PopeRatzo (965947)

                      Why are Chicago's schools being sold off to private bidders, after concession for parking, and other means to remain viable and sustainable?

                      You ask the best questions.

                      Rahm's rise to power and subsequent fire-sale of the Chicago commons is part of the denouement of the Reagan - Clinton - Obama saga. SmittyOneEach is right that Chicago will go the way of Detroit, but not for the reasons he thinks.

                      The story is uglier with each passing day, and every new day illuminates the things that have been happening over

                    • Turn cities into incredibly DEPENDENT fiefdoms, of corporate Rentiers.

                      How far down, do the turtles go? Government is the sock puppet for corporation. Corporation is the proxy actor for reserve-based finance banking. Reserve banking?

                      The word "Cabal" comes to mind, with some connotations.

  • Too bad that this [] shall remain unheeded by the intended audience.

    • I'm going to go out on a limb, and assume none of you (except for one) read the damn link. I need no further confirmation of everything I've tried to put forth. How shameful! Especially for you who claim to preach the word of Christ.

      • MLK. The quote gave it up.

        He saw what lay down this road, almost 50 years ago.

        They shot him, because he could clearly show others...

        • I'm almost surprised you didn't link to it first... The person (people) who were the targets of the post are duty bound to ignore (disparage) it. From them, silence... Except maybe to find a way to condemn the messenger, after killing him again and again. Is there a word beyond 'hypocrisy' to describe them? Besides 'assassin'?

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