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September, 2006


When Governments Fail
By Frank Scott

After a propaganda pause, the destruction in Lebanon and Gaza may well continue with enthusiastic support from America, since everything is going according to its hideous plan. What the regime's political branders call a new middle east is to be a replica of Iraq: thousands dead, a devastated infrastructure, division everywhere, and a secular state reduced to sectarian groups whose only unity is their hatred for the USA and Israel. This could lead to eventual suicide for these fundamentalist controlled Judeo-Christian states, which would be hopeful for those who do not subscribe to the master race -chosen people ideologies that motivate so many of their number. But while such well deserved doom might be fine in the long term, it could mean disaster in the short.
These maniacal cults have nuclear weapons, and one sect has a perverse persecution complex that threatens to leave a massive crater where there once was a birthplace of civilization.

Israel kills with impunity, and then demands apologies when it is criticized or resisted. Facing a formidable foe in Hezbollah, it murders ten times the number of its own victims and is seen as perfectly reasonable by its supporters. After all, whose lives are worth more? Such international chutzpah would not be possible without the total support of the US government. While the presidential cabal is easily blamed, the Senate and House are even more fanatic in their bipartisan devotion to Israel, and especially the money they get from its American lobby.

Some have called them political whores, but that is a slur on hard working street walkers and pimps who operate on a higher moral level. That these tax payer financed representatives can accept political payoffs on behalf of a foreign power is simply a vile aspect of the American political scene. But the arrogance of such actions in support of Israel' s most recent sanctimonious slaughter of mostly innocent people sinks the moral sewer to bloodier depths than previously imagined.

Expecting spineless liberals to affect substantial change from the brainless conservatives who hold power has nothing to do with democracy. It amounts to praying for miracles. Our political leadership is a union of the heartless, the mindless, and the immoral, all joined in seeing the slaughters in Palestine and Lebanon as perfectly reasonable actions to maintain the empire, and their own jobs.

Recent adoption of a cease fire may bring some brief pause to the worst suffering, but is the usual allowance for Israel to continue as colonial dominator, while the native savages bow in respectful silence, or die if they dare resist.

While an international farce at the UN quibbled over what form of international force should be employed, a nation and a people were being devastated. This is typical of the UN Security Council, designed to maintain the insecurity of a majority of the global population. The world s people, if not their governments, are beginning to say: enough, already.

Americans are so misinformed that despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many believe Iraq actually possessed weapons of mass destruction. So it is relatively easy to get them to believe tales of a suffering Israel, threatened by surrounding hordes whose demands for social justice are seen as calls for the extermination of the Jewish people. This recurrent theme plays on ancient fears of biblical origin that have no bearing on the present, if they were ever true in the past.

Our propagandists exercise such control that they might convince many Americans that Jesus and Moses were alive, gay, and would soon marry, thereby endangering the family structure we depend on as showplace for our commodity consumption.

The economic base that this church of consumption rests upon has long brought lavish wealth to many, while simultaneously inflicting horrible poverty on a far greater population that suffers from the commodification of life. The flow of private capital, unregulated by any public entity, is falsely identified as a democratizing force called globalization. It's known to its victims as neoliberalism, and to history as capitalism. But whether under the benign direction of a Warren Buffet or the less beneficial command of a Ken Lay, the deviant and dangerous system that has individual humans controlling billions of dollars, while billions of humans control none, is still accepted as the proper workings of a capitalist universe.

This economic fanaticism is at the root of present creeds of superiority, whatever their historic or mythological origins. When some humans deem themselves superior, they can rationalize deserving a lucrative life style while others live in squalid poverty. They can feel entitled to take land, resources and human life, in pursuit of their own well being. This is the essence of the beast that stalks the Arabs of the Middle East, the Americans of the Middle West, and everyone else beyond and between those global areas.

Can this menace be controlled before it roasts the earth and smothers its people in a fiery industrial smog? More immediately, can it be stopped before it attacks Syria or Iran and makes not only the Middle East but the entire world an even bloodier battleground?

The General Assembly of the UN could overrule its minority overseers of the Security Council and assert a real international community, instead of shaming the world by standing in helpless silence while atrocities are committed. This may be that body's last chance to act as a democratic voice for the world. If it fails, until such time as governments express the wishes of their people, we may have to rely on international NGOs. If these turn out to be more like Al Qaida and less like Hamas and Hezbollah, we ll have only ourselves to blame.

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