Monday, September 5, 2011

Is America A "Force For Good" In The World? Absolutely NOT!

I just spent the weekend with family and friends, and on Saturday I was watching some US NCAA college football (Yes, I am a football fan....), and I saw the US Navy commercial that ends with "A force for good in the world" slogan...and all I could do was laugh and shake my head!  For the longest time, I have been bothered about what has happened to the once great United States of America, and how it was at one time pictured as both the "shining beacon" by which all other nations should emulate, as well as truly being a "Force for Good" in the world... How times have changed.....

For this article, I want to present a great article from Justin Raimondo, who writes for Anti-War, at entitled: "Is America A Force For Good In The World? No", and I want to present it here for my own readers to view.  I have, of course, some comments to follow:

Is America a Force for Good in the World?
by , September 02, 2011

With the “liberation” of Libya from the grip of Muammar Gadhafi, progressives like E. J. Dionne and other cheerleaders for this administration are hailing the joint US-NATO operation as a new model for American intervention – an exemplar of the “good” way to push our weight around on the international stage, as opposed to the“bad” way pursued by George W. Bush and the neoconservatives in Iraq. As Glenn Greenwald points out, the same triumphalist message being trumpeted by this administration’s supporters over Libya was uncritically broadcast by the “mainstream” media in the wake of “mission accomplished” in Iraq. 
That reality will soon intrude, and correct this “irrational exuberance” – as a certain Federal Reserve chairman would put it – is an absolute certainty. Indeed, a few skeptical voices are already being raised, notably Patrick Cockburn, reporting from Benghazi: 
“Any black African in Libya is open to summary arrest unless he can prove that he was not a member of Colonel Gadhafi’s forces… The rebels claim that many of Colonel Gadhafi’s soldiers were black African mercenaries. Amnesty International says these allegations are largely unproven and, from the beginning of the conflict, many of those arrested or, in some cases, executed by the rebels were undocumented laborers caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. 
“But there is no doubt that all black Africans are now under suspicion. The head of the militia in Faraj, a short bearded man in a brown robe named Issam, explained how well-prepared local insurgents had taken over the area on 19 August, telling Colonel Gadhafi’s supporters to hand over their weapons and stay at home. There was almost no resistance from the demoralized regime and few people had been arrested. Then Issam added, as an aside, that his men had also detained ‘tens of Africans whom we sent off to prison.’ He did not explain why they had been jailed.” 
Across “liberated” Libya, black Africans are being rounded up by the rebel forces, and often either summarily executed or else imprisoned. See herehere, and here for more disgusting evidence of the rebels’ anti-black campaign.  
Gadhafi reportedly hired African mercenaries to fight for his regime, and this is the ostensible reason why the rebels are rounding up blacks, but this explanation seems more like an excuse than an actual reason in view of the fact that there have been periodic anti-black riots in the country, notably in 2000.  
The idea that American imperialism could be a force for “good,” with a “progressive” president holding the reins, was never very convincing. But even I never expected to be confronted with the ultimate irony: the first African-American President appears to be responsible, in part, for a large scale anti-black pogromThis is his signal foreign policy “accomplishment” – a mass lynching. 
We have truly entered Bizarro World
One could argue, however, that this is not the fault of the Obama administration, since it was their Libyan proxies, and not US troops, who committed that particular atrocity. We can still see the US as a force for “good” in the world, albeit not without morally complex anomalies to factor into the equation. Well, tell that to the people of Ishaqi, a village in Iraq, where  US troops recently conducted a raid
“Witnesses in the village of Ishaqi, just south of Tikrit, said Iraqi and American forces opened fire on civilians and threw grenades early Friday as they conducted the raid. The villagers said the forces were responding to gunfire from people in the village and then fired back, killing a 13-year-old boy and an off-duty police officer.” 
The American authorities are currently stonewalling, denying any responsibility for the deaths, and claiming it was an Iraqi operation – although they admit US forces entered the scene when “fighting broke out.” One has to wonder, however, how a 13-year-old boy and a police officer came to be the targets – are these the “terrorists” we’re supposedly fighting in Iraq, whose presence requires an extended American stay? 
It’s an irony that this latest incident – which has further complicated Washington’s efforts to persuade the Iraqis they need our continued presence – took place in Ishaqi, the scene of yet another infamous US atrocity in 2006. As’s John Glaser was the first to report earlier this week: 
“As revealed by a State Department diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last week, US forces committed a heinous war crime during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed. The cable excerpts a letter written by Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions, addressed to then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. American troops approached the home of Faiz Harrat Al-Majma’ee, a farmer living in central Iraq, to conduct a house raid in search of insurgents in March of 2006. 
“’It would appear that when the MNF [Multinational Forces] approached the house,’ Alston wrote, ‘shots were fired from it and a confrontation ensued’ before the ‘troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them.’ Mr. Faiz Hratt Khalaf, (aged 28), his wife Sumay’ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (aged 24), their three children Hawra’a (aged 5) Aisha ( aged 3) and Husam (5 months old), Faiz’s mother Ms. Turkiya Majeed Ali (aged 74), Faiz’s sister (name unknown), Faiz’s nieces Asma’a Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 5 years old), and Usama Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 3 years), and a visiting relative Ms. Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (aged 23) were killed during the raid. Alston’s letter reveals that a US air strike was launched on the house presumably to destroy the evidence, but that “autopsies carried out at the Tikrit Hospital’s morgue revealed that all corpses were shot in the head and handcuffed.” 
A five-year-old, and a child of five months – shot in the head while handcuffed? 
wrote about this incident in 2006, shortly after the news came out, in response to a piece by Peter Beinart, then editor of The New Republic. Polemicizing against Bill Kristol’s view that the Abu Ghraib inquiry was unnecessary, Beinart argued the investigation showed that, while war is necessarily a horrific business, our wars are different because we hold ourselves to a higher moral standard. As I wrote back then: 
“In Ishaqi, 11 villagers were slaughtered after American troops packed them into a small room, burned three vehicles, killed a herd of livestock, and then ordered an air strike on the house so as to bury all evidence of their crime. The military has just announced their ‘exoneration.’ This ‘underscores the liberal vision,’ all right – but only in the Bizarro World of Beinart and his neocon buddies.  
“The big debate between Beinart and the neocons is over what constitutes the true ‘American exceptionalism.’ What ‘proves it,’ says Beinart, is that we move quickly to punish evildoers in uniform, and make sure that ‘justice’ is done. Except when it isn’t, in Ishaqi, for instance – and even if the eventual triumph of truth is made possible by non-American investigators.” 
They tried to cover up their crimes in Ishaqi, first by blowing the crime scene to smithereens, and then by launching a phony “investigation” that officially exonerated US troops and their commanders. 
As it turned out, the eventual triumph of truth was made possible by Wikileaks, whose founder, Julian Assange, is being harried by the US and its European allies, and detained on trumped-up charges, while an American grand jury compiles evidence to prosecute him. On the other hand, the child-killing sadists in the US military roam free.  
If “American exceptionalism” means anything in this context, it is in the telling details: after all, if you’re going to kill a five year old, why handcuff her? 
“This horrible story,” wrote Beinart in 2006, speaking about another atrocity, this one in Haditha, “powerfully underscores the liberal vision, which is this: 
“We are not angels: without sufficient moral and legal restrictions, and under conditions of extreme stress, Americans can be as barbaric as anyone. What’s makes us an exceptional nation with the capacity to lead and inspire the world is our very recognition of that fact. We are capable of Hadithas and My Lais, so is everyone. But few societies are capable of acknowledging what happened, bringing the killers to justice, and instituting changes that make it less likely to happen again. That’s how we show we are different from the jihadists. We don’t just assert it. We prove it. That’s the liberal version of American exceptionalism, and it’s what we need right now in response to this horror.” 
Beinart was wrong then, and he’s wrong now. Child murder, racist pogroms – what’s next, the liquidation of the kulaks?  
The vast gulf between what America was, and what it has become, can be measured by the distance between Beinart’s uplifting rhetoric about “American exceptionalism” and the degraded reality of handcuffed children murdered by US soldiers. What we were was admired, and even loved, by freedom-seeking people the world over: what we have become is rightly hated by those same freedom-starved peoples.  
The history of the last decade or so proves, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the US government, far from being this great liberating force, the greatest factor for good in the international equation, is instead a force for naked evil. It isn’t that “we are not angels,” it’s that we’re devils. It’s as simple as that. 

NTS Notes:  As this article shows, the fall of Libya by the evil forces of the IMF supported "rebels", NATO, and the United States,  shows how far the American government has slid down the slippery slope to despotism, and is now nothing more than a bully pushing its weight around on the international stage.

I fully agree with Justin Raimondo's assessment that America is no longer a "force for good" in the world, and in fact has turned into one of the most evil nations on Earth!  It is indeed sad to watch the one nation that I have believed since a child to be the true light upon nations on Earth turn into such a despicable "force for naked evil" as this article states. 

It is also truly sad that the American people have not risen up and thrown all their evil leaders out of office and restored the United States to the great nation that it was intended under its Constitution and by its founding fathers to be....

More to come



Greg Bacon said...

I too, or at least at one time, like watching college football, since it seemed fairly clean and not rigged like the NFL games.

But since 9/11 and even more so the last couple of years, most NCAA football games turn into massive brainwashing psyops campaign, either filled with phony patriotic themes, or filled with "Tell us THANKS for murdering Muslims" BS commercials from the likes of Boeing.

The Army, Navy and Air Force football games are even worse.

Northerntruthseeker said...

I agree, Greg...

I used to enjoy NCAA football a lot better when they did not pollute the commercials with Armed Forces ads....It seems that they are there because of the majority of the viewing audience being of draft age... Just more fodder for the cannon!

Anonymous said...

There is one sentence in this following article (below my comment) which illustrates the reason why the US governmental apparatus is not a force for good in this world, NTS.

"It was not too long ago that Americans themselves feared communism."


That WAS (and to a large extent remains to be) the problem. The American fears were concentrated on "communism" without identification of the jewish component. This was an intentional misrepresentation which allowed internationalist jewry, who are the main impetus for MONOLITHIC communism, and which is why communism is monolithic despite some regional variations (and depite what leftist professors teach).

While America's attention was focused on people's Party membership, most of the jewish communists were being packed into the US State Dept which operated to spread communist teaching and assisting European communist organizations throughout Europe under the guise of "anti-communism", particularly in the way it was implemented through the Marshall Plan. All the while the American public was told that the aims were anti-communist.

The US government was infinately smaller before the jewish communists who were allowed to "immigrate" from Russia in the early 1900's were packed into the government by jewish businesses who "volunteered their services to the nation" during the World Wars (especially WWII), while the real Americans were fighting and dying in the wars.

Those jewish (and other) communists remained after the war and government continued to grow in order to feed them with more influence.

The jewish makeup of communism can now be recognized by aware people, but at that time it was difficult for the (mostly rural) American people who had little or no experience with jews, who were normally packed into their kehillahs in NYC and a few other places and who exercised their main influence from those spheres, to recognize anything about the major jewish involvement in communism in America, Russia or elsewhere. Sufficient numbers of doctrinaire non-jewish communists and jewish control of the press, combined with the sanctions against any who identified communism as jewish, worked to keep America (and most of the rest of the world) blind about who the real communists were, primarily the jews.

Communism to the jews was nothing more than an extention of the Kehillah systems under which the jews had always lived in the "old countries". It is little or nothing more than that today, except that the jews are intent upon forcing the rest of the world into their communist system, where the jews will be the supreme Politburo, and the non-jews will be the serfs to the jews. The NWO/JNO is a plan to make that happen.

Non-jews are to be consigned (beginning voluntarily (but eventually through forcible measures for resisters) to adopt and to live under jewish noahide laws, in subservience to jewish masters.

America's new governmental church - required for athiests, agnostics, Christians and all non-jews.

There is more investigation of that noahide deception going on in several threads at Hofflandia, NTS, that you may want to review.


Northerntruthseeker said...

We will soon see, Flanders, as these parasites pull off their plans to collapse the United States entirely!