Sunday, June 5, 2011

William Blum, “God Bless America. And its Bombs”

“God Bless America. And its Bombs”
by William Blum

“A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn't have an air force.”
- C. Douglas Lummis

“’When they bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, El Salvador and Nicaragua
I said nothing because I wasn't a communist.
When they bombed China, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, and the Congo 
I said nothing because I didn't know about it.
When they bombed Lebanon and Grenada I said nothing because I didn't understand it.
When they bombed Panama I said nothing because I wasn't a drug dealer.
When they bombed Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen 
I said nothing because I wasn't a terrorist.
When they bombed Yugoslavia and Libya for "humanitarian" reasons 
I said nothing because it sounded so honorable.
Then they bombed my house and there was no one left to speak out for me.
But it didn't really matter. I was dead.’

The Targets: It's become a commonplace to accuse the United States of choosing as its bombing targets only people of color, those of the Third World, or Muslims. But it must be remembered that one of the most sustained and ferocious American bombing campaigns of modern times - 78 consecutive days - was carried out against the people of the former Yugoslavia: white, European, Christians. The United States is an equal-opportunity bomber. The only qualifications for a country to become a target are: (A) It poses an obstacle - could be anything - to the desires of the American Empire; (B) It is virtually defenseless against aerial attack. The United States threatens other states sufficient to cause those states to engage in defensive responses in order to exploit these to justify increasing "defense" expenditures.

The survivors: "We never see the smoke and the fire, we never smell the blood, we never see the terror in the eyes of the children, whose nightmares will now feature screaming missiles from unseen terrorists, known only as Americans." - Martin Kelly

NASA has announced an audacious new mission, launching a spaceship that will travel for four years to land on an asteroid, where it will collect dust from the surface and deliver the precious cargo to Earth, where scientists will then examine the material for clues to how life began. Truly the stuff of science fiction. However, I personally would regard it as a much greater accomplishment of humankind if we could put an end to America's bombings and all its wars, and teach some humility to The Holy Triumvirate - The United States, the European Union and NATO - who recognizes no higher power and believe they literally can do whatever they want in the world, to whomever they want, for as long as they want, and call it whatever they want, like "humanitarian."

"Behind the 'unexamined nostalgia for the "Golden Days" of American intelligence' lay a much more devastating truth: the same people who read Dante and went to Yale and were educated in civic virtue recruited Nazis, manipulated the outcome of democratic elections, gave LSD to unwitting subjects, opened the mail of thousands of American citizens, overthrew governments, supported dictatorships, plotted assassinations, and engineered the Bay of Pigs disaster. 'In the name of what?' asked one critic. 'Not civic virtue, but empire'." - Frances Stonor Saunders, “The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters” (1999)

"US right-wingers have a desire to replace our constitutional form of government with an authoritarian theocracy, and to (militarily) spread that theocratic construct around the world. (Ironically, the exact same objective fundamentalist Muslims have!)" - Kerry Thomasi, “Online Journal”

If an individual were behaving as Israel does as a country, that person would be removed to an institution for the criminally insane and subjected to intense drug therapy and a lobotomy. The person might find the guy next door to be named America. The fall of the American Empire would offer a new beginning for the long-suffering American people and the long-suffering world.”

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