Beyond Greed

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"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."

Anchor for this item  posted April 13, 2003 at 4:44 p.m. MDT

Judged by citizen's pragmatic awareness of their world, I wonder if there's a country on the face of the earth less qualified to be The Bringer of Civilization than those who nurture the Eagle Empire. I mean, ok, so American's only need to know that Canada is somewhere north of them ... and that France is populated by snotty frogs, and Germans ... well, I'm going to stop there.
Does The Project for the New American Century ring any bells? "Full Spectrum Dominance"? How about The Pentagon's New Map? okay, so how about "military operations other than war"? Yaaa ... precisely.

Democracy American Style: The latest fig leaf of imperialism? - " ... The US mission in the Middle East today comprises the implementation of the "Full Spectrum Dominance" vision of the Project for a New American Century, a think-tank with clout. Its founding members and guiding intellectuals are well-represented in the current administration of George W. Bush, who has happily executed their blueprint, one that aims to ensure and guarantee long-term and unchallenged US military, economic, and political dominance of the entire world.
Oil's role in this blueprint is central, much more so than any bogus claims about fostering democracy in the Middle East at gunpoint, under the merciless bombardments of civilian populations. To dominate the world, one must first control world access to oil, not spread the word about the mechanisms of electoral politics. Given today's US troop movements near Baghdad, capital of the second-largest oil producing state in the world, it appears that the US is on the verge of realizing the key component of its new imperial mission.
America's new mission, that of Full Spectrum Dominance, has never been put to a public referendum. If they were fully apprised of what this global imperialism will cost -- materially, morally, financially, and in terms of lost US lives -- most Americans would probably prefer not to pursue it. The processes by which the Bush administration has decided to pursue its new civilizing mission with such evangelical fervor have been long on rhetoric, and very short on genuine democratic participation. These are the ideas and visions of a very small group of highly committed individuals who show a callous disregard for international law, US public opinion, multilateralism abroad or participatory decision making at home. They have the Truth, the Light and the Way. They are not to be contradicted or challenged."

*!Time out!*
What's this all about, really? It's about millions of people around the world asking America to behave as a good global citizen. .... heh ... I suppose that actually does sound unrealistic and silly, doesn't it. *sigh*





Human need, not corporate greed ... without justice, there can be no peace. That's the meme stringing these items together.

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