Past and present leaders
reveal the soul of their nations. Arguably America never had one. Current
domestic and foreign policies provide convincing evidence.
Police state harshness targets defenders of right over wrong everywhere.
National resources go for militarism, belligerence, and making super-rich
elites richer. Corporations are licensed to steal, exploit, and plunder.
Wars ravage one country after another. Humanity is ruthlessly destroyed.
Battlefields shift from one theater to another. Gangsterism writ large
reflects official policy. Syria is ground zero.
Months of Western generated violence left thousands dead, many more
injured, and countless numbers displaced. Nothing deters America's war
Bloodlust defines it. Dominance matters most. Body counts mount. Rule
of law principles and democratic values are considered quaint and out
of date. Stomping on people is policy.
Concern for human and civil rights is off the table. Winning hearts
and minds was never America's game. Crushing the will to resist is more
important. Repression enforces the message harshly. Death squad diplomacy
eliminates non-believers. Where it ends, who knows!
Despite ongoing direct and proxy wars, hawkish US lawmakers want more.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman are three of America's
worst. Peace they believe is abhorrent.
Death squad massacres in Syria aren't enough. As a 2008 presidential
candidate, McCain's advocated bombing Iran. "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb
Iran," he sang on his "Straight Talk" tour to the tune of a popular
Beach Boys song.
Lunatics like this run America. Now McCain wants more. So do Graham
and Lieberman. They're not alone. On August 5, the Washington Post gave
them op-ed space. Together they headlined "The risks of inaction in
Provide "robust assistance" to opposition fighters. Establish and reinforce
safe zones. Use "airpower and other unique US assets."
Damn the risks. "(I)naction carries" greater ones. "(S)trategic" aims
matter most. Failure to intervene more aggressively "jeopardiz(es) both
our national security interests and our moral standing in the world."
Official US policy calls for replacing all independent governments with
pro-Western ones. War is America's national pastime. Dominance alone
matters. Sovereign rights can't be allowed to interfere.
Washington planned war on Syria years ago. It's orchestrating events
on the ground. It's been involved from day one. It's recruiting, arming,
funding, training, and directing mercenary killers.
It's not good enough so let's bomb, say McCain, Graham and Lieberman.
With these type lawmakers influencing policy, don't bet money on humanity
surviving. Don't expect America to renounce war. Don't imagine embracing
democratic values is planned.
Hunker down for worse to come. Get involved and try to stop it. Syria
is about to go up in flames. Iran is next, then other nations. No good
ending comes from this. Wars beget more of them. Permanent ones assure
Perhaps America will take humanity with it. It's not far-fetched. Partnered
with Britain, other key NATO allies, Israel, and regional despots, chances
of armageddon are too high to risk.
Chances for homeland tyranny are virtually certain. Militarism writ
large heads it there. It's closer than most people imagine. It's not
pretty now. Expect much worse ahead. It could come any time.
Battleground Syria could shift venues to America if popular resistance
erupts. Daily violence and atrocities there could become commonplace
domestically. Some neighborhoods already experience low intensity versions
of what could easily ratchet higher.
Hammering one country after another draws it closer. Former State Department
official Anne-Marie Slaughter mimicks McCain, Graham and Lieberman.
Halting Syrian violence depends on increasing it, they believe.
People like this run America. They're interviewed on US television.
They're given feature op-ed space. Earlier, Slaughter called for "no-kill
zones." Pentagon officials call them "buffer zones." They're ground-based
no-fly zones. If established, they assure full-scale war.
Slaughter supports no holds barred escalation. On July 31, her Financial
Times article headlined "We will pay a high price if we do not arm Syria's
She wants that and more. "It is time for bold action," she said. She
suggests Libya 2.0. Go for broke, she urges. Other hawks echo her sentiment.
"Syrians will remember those who remember them," she said.
The longer fighting rages, the greater Assad's support grows, the more
America is hated.
Syrians aren't stupid. They know what Washington did to Iraq and Libya.
They know what's gone on in Afghanistan since 2001. They understand
that wherever America arrives, death, destruction, and unspeakable human
If Washington wins, they lose. They're willing to die to prevent it.
America plans full-scale war. Imagine how many more will die. Imagine
the vast destruction. Imagine any nation ravaging others. It's the American
Permanent wars are waged for wealth, power and dominance. At the same
time, homeland needs go begging. Out-of-control militarism heads America
for tyranny and ruin. Along the way, millions suffer and die.
Obama follows in the tradition of previous warrior presidents. Over
time, stakes and risks grow exponentially. State-of the art weapons
threaten everyone. Obama's National Security Strategy "reserve(s) the
right to act unilaterally if necessary to defend out nation and our
In other words, preemptive wars with weapons of mass destruction is
policy. Obama claims it's "to keep the American people safe (and advance
the nation's) values and ideals." It threatens other countries to bend
to Washington's will or else.
In the process it destroys freedom. Chalmers Johnson called war profiteering
"the most efficient means for well-connected capitalists to engorge
themselves at the public trough."
Expect more of it, he warned. Expect tyranny to replace democracy. Expect
hell on earth so globalists can control it. Maybe they'll destroy it
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