- Thinking about the massive failure of the US media to
report truthfully is sobering. The United States, bristling with nuclear
weapons and pursuing a policy of world hegemony, has a population that
is kept in the dark--indeed brainwashed--about the most important and most
dangerous events of our time.
- The power of the Israel Lobby is an important component
of keeping Americans in the dark. Recently I watched a documentary
that demonstrates the control that the Israel Lobby exercises over Americans'
view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documentary is available
- As a result of the US media's one-sided coverage, few
Americans are aware that for decades Israel has been ethnically cleansing
Palestinians from their homes and lands under protection of America's veto
in the United Nations. Instead, the dispossessed Palestinians are
portrayed as mindless terrorists who attack innocent Israel.
- If one reads Israeli newspapers, such as Haaretz, or
publications from Israeli organizations, such as the Israeli Committee
Against House Demolitions, one gets a radically different view of the situation
than the propagandistic version delivered by US media and evangelical pulpits.
- Most Americans know of the 2000 attack by Muslim terrorists
on the USS Cole in Aden harbor that resulted in 17 dead and 39 wounded
American sailors. But few have heard of Israel's 1967 attack on the USS
Liberty that left 34 American sailors dead and 174 wounded. Pressured by
the Israel Lobby, President Johnson ordered Admiral McCain, father of the
Republican presidential nominee, to cover up the attack. To this day there
never has been a congressional investigation.
- The failure of the American media is again evident in
the coverage of the Georgian-Russian conflict. The US media presented
the conflict as a Russian invasion of Georgia, whereas in actual fact the
American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian military launched a
sneak attack to kill and to drive the Russian population out of South Ossetia,
a separatist province.
- Russian peacekeepers, together with Georgian ones, had
been stationed in South Ossetia since the early 1990s. On orders from
Mikheil Saakashvili, the American puppet "president" of Georgia,
the Georgian peacekeepers turned their weapons on the unsuspecting Russian
peacekeepers and murdered them.
- This action by Saakashvili, elected with money from the
neoconservative National Endowment for Democracy, an election-rigging tool
of US hegemony, was a war crime. In truth, the Russians should have
hung Saakashvili, as he is far more guilty than was Saddam Hussein. But
it is Russia, not Saakashvili, that the US media has demonized.
- Americans have become perfect subjects for George Orwell's
Big Brother. They sit stupidly in front of the TV news or the New York
Times or Washington Post and absorb the lies fed to them. What is
wrong with Americans? Why do they put up with it? Are Americans
the nation of sheep that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano says they are? Americans
flaunt "freedom and democracy" and live under a Ministry of Propaganda.
- Two decades ago, President Reagan reached agreement with
Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to end the dangerous cold war. But
every one of Reagan's successors has sought to pick a new fight with Russia.
In violation of the agreement, NATO has been taken to Russia's borders,
and the US is determined to put former constituent parts of Russia herself
into NATO. In an effort to neutralize Russia's nuclear deterrent and compromise
her independence, the US is putting anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia's
- The gratuitously aggressive US military policy toward
Russia will lead to nuclear war. I am confident that if Americans elect
John McCain, or the Republicans steal another presidential election, there
will be nuclear war in the second decade of the 21st century. The neocon
lies, propaganda, macho flag-waving, and use of US foreign policy in the
interests of a few military-security firms, oil companies, and Israel are
all leading in that direction.
- The November election is perhaps the last chance to avoid
nuclear war. But the opportunity might already have been missed. The Republicans
have chosen as their candidate one of the most ignorant warmongers alive.
The Democrats' choice was between one of the most divisive women
in America and a man of mixed race with a funny name. Considering
American's taste for war, the Democratic candidate could fail to defeat
the GOP war candidate.
- Many Americans will vote against Obama because he is
black. Why does mixed ancestry confer the black label? If America's population
was predominantly black, would Obama be considered white?
- Race and propaganda are more likely to determine the
outcome of the November election than any awareness or consideration of
real issues by voters.
- The real issues are suffocated by the media. The American
middle class is being destroyed by jobs offshoring and work visas for foreigners,
while the incomes of the super rich are soaring. The US dollar's reserve
currency status is eroded. The US is massively in debt at home and
abroad. Health insurance is unaffordable for the vast majority of the
population. Injured veterans are being nickeled and dimed, while
Halliburton's profits escalate. Americans are losing their homes, while
the US government bails out banks. Wars with Iran, Russia, and China
are being planned in order to secure US hegemony.
- Americans no longer have a government that is for the
people and by the people. They have a government for and by special interests
and an insane ideology.
- But Americans have war, which lets them take out all
their frustrations, resentments, and disappointments on "Muslim terrorists"
and "Russian aggressors." Few Americans are disturbed that 1.25
million Iraqis and an unknown number of Afghans have died as a result of
American invasions based on Bush regime lies and deceptions. Even Americans,
like Senator Biden, Obama's selection for vice president, who understand
that the wars are based on lies, still want the US to win. So, it was all
a mistake and a deception, but let's win anyway and keep on killing.
- I know people who still complain that the US did not
nuke North Vietnam. When I ask why Vietnam should have been nuked,
they reply, "if we had nuked them we would have won."
- What would America have won? The answer is world loathing
and the loss of the cold war.
- For many Americans, war is like a sports contest in which
they take vicarious pleasure and cheer on their side to victory. Millions
of Americans are still bitter that "the liberal media" and war
protesters caused America to lose the Vietnam war, and they are determined
that this won't happen again. These Americans have no realization
that there was no more reason for the US to be fighting in Vietnam 40 years
ago than to be fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan or tomorrow in Iran.
- Obama, if elected, is no guarantee against nuclear war.
Obama has shown that he is as much under the Israel Lobby's thumb
as McCain. Obama's foreign affairs advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is not
a neocon, but he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and has the Pole's animosity
toward Russia. The Bush administration has already changed US war doctrine
to permit preemptive nuclear attack. With the US government determined
to ring Russia with puppet states and military bases, war is inevitable.
- Presidential appointees face confirmation in the Senate.
Any of Obama's appointees who might be out of step with plans for
US and Israeli hegemony could expect opposition from large corporations
and the Israel Lobby. There is no assurance that an Obama administration
would not be positioned on "the issues" by the same special interests
that have positioned the Bush administration.
- Americans are filled with hubris, not with knowledge.
They have no awareness of the calamity that their government's pursuit
of hegemony is bringing to themselves and to life on earth.