- "So, during the coup of 2000, when I watched an
almost rabid Katherine Harris salivating to "certify" Bush"s
electoral theft in Florida, a state controlled by his brother Jeb, and
when I learned that the United States Supreme Court, comprised of some
of the most unethical "justices" in United States history, appointed
Bush the dictator of the United States, I knew there were forces at work
more sinister than simply a cabal of corrupt oligarchs usurping democracy.'
- If one believes the "official" versions of
modern-day history, it is disquieting to learn of the remarkable number
of "coincidences" that have served to lead humanity down the
pathways of warfare and destruction.
- A few months ago an article in PRAVDA proclaimed that
Satan was living in the United States of America, specifically in the State
of New Jersey. I remember thinking, tongue only slightly-in-cheek, that
while this article may have accurately pinpointed the correct country,
it missed the exact locale. Almost everyone in the world (outside of the
United States of course) knows that Satan has, for the past few years,
lived in opulent luxury in Washington D.C., personified by the avaricious,
hypocritical, corrupt, deceitful, bloodthirsty, thieving, warmongering
dictatorship of George W. Bush and his minions.
- But, after some reflection, I realized that the influence
of evil in shaping human destiny, and its capacity to inflict human suffering,
is not so humorous after all. If one believes the "official"
versions of modern-day history, it is disquieting to learn of the remarkable
number of "coincidences" that have served to lead humanity down
the pathways of warfare and destruction.
- The First World War, for example, and the millions of
lives it took, began as the result of a series of extraordinary "coincidences".
A failed assassination attempt against Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand
mysteriously turned into a successful one after Ferdinand's driver took
a wrong turn, placing the Archduke within the sights of one of the assassins,
who was brooding in a nearby cafe over the failure of the earlier attempt.
This particular assassin also happened to be the best marksman in his group
of conspirators, and easily shot both Ferdinand and his wife to death.
This, in turn, ignited a series of "entangling alliances" that
ultimately erupted into World War One.
- A little over a decade later, and just as mysteriously,
a struggling, embittered and homeless artist named Adolph Hitler arose
to a position of ultimate power in Germany that was still embittered by
its defeat in World War One.
- In 1947, largely through the non-violent philosophy and
efforts of Mohandas Gandhi, two centuries of British rule ended in India.
Yet religious conflicts and tensions also saw the partitioning of that
nation into India and Pakistan, and ultimately led to the assassination
of Gandhi. The tensions between these two nuclear powers still persist
today, frequently fueled by events in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- Assassinations also played a disturbing role in America
during the Vietnam-era of the mid-1960s and early-70s. Many historians
believe that former President John F. Kennedy was planning on ending American
involvement in Vietnam during his administration. But, before that occurred,
a disgruntled, former marine found himself working in the Texas School
Book Depository, a building that made an ideal sniper"s nest on November
22, 1963. The assassinated Kennedy was replaced by Lyndon Johnson, who
subsequently escalated the war against Vietnam.
- In 1968 two other anti-war voices, those of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were also silenced, King's allegedly
by a fugitive from a Missouri prison who somehow acquired the resources
to travel overseas, where he was eventually caught at Heathrow airport
in London, and Kennedy's while he was walking through the kitchen of the
Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
- The result was the election of "law-and-order"
president Richard Nixon, and the ultimate suppression of the anti-war movement,
coupled with the harassment, censoring, imprisonment and murder of activists
through the FBI's COINTELPRO operation. Yet Nixon's alleged "respect"
for "law-and-order" certainly did not prevent him from engaging
in criminal activities, nor compel him to refuse a pardon from his hand-picked
successor Gerald Ford after these activities became known.
- So, during the coup of 2000, when I watched an almost
rabid Katherine Harris salivating to "certify" Bush"s electoral
theft in Florida, a state controlled by his brother Jeb, and when I learned
that the United States Supreme Court, comprised of some of the most unethical
"justices" in United States history, appointed Bush the dictator
of the United States, I knew there were forces at work more sinister than
simply a cabal of corrupt oligarchs usurping democracy.
- The sensations I felt as I watched these events unfold
were so overwhelming and so haunting that it seemed like Satan had indeed
touched the United States. And I knew from the lessons of the past that,
no matter what the political milieu was, war was inevitable.
- I did not write about these feelings in previous PRAVDA
editorials because I know that whenever a writer discusses personal feelings,
he or she risks losing or isolating readers who have not experienced such
feelings themselves. I also knew that the historical evidence I relied
upon in interpreting these feelings could easily be attacked by those asserting
that "bad" people have also been assassinated and "good"
people have prevented wars.
- But when this historical evidence was coupled with the
sociopathic nature of Bush and those in his dictatorship, the prediction
about war's inevitability became more absolute. In law school we called
individuals like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Colin Powell,
Condoleezza Rice and others of their ilk "people without souls,"
because they have no sense of decency, no sense of humanity, no sense of
justice, and no concept of "right and wrong," save for the ideology
that whatever aggrandizes or satiates their selfish interests or ambitions
is "right," and whatever does not is "wrong."
- Perhaps nothing in recent times has demonstrated the
callous and sadistic evil of George W. Bush more than his "joke"
about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq. Thousands
of Iraqis and hundreds of Americans have been killed, and are still being
killed, and billions of dollars have been spent, and are still being spent,
because of the Bush dictatorship"s premeditated lies about Iraq possessing
WMDs that posed an imminent threat both to America and the world. Now that
the lies have been exposed, the result is not a trial before a war crimes
tribunal, but instead an ill-conceived "joke." I wonder how many
families who lost loved ones in Iraq are laughing?
- Of course, supporters of the Bush dictatorship allege
that this joke was simply "self-deprecating" humor. But Bill
Clinton's lies about his affair with a White House intern did not result
in jokes, but an impeachment hearing, even though nobody was killed as
a result of his dishonesty. And Trent Lott's joke about the segregationist
past of former South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond correctly compelled
him to resign as leader of the United States Senate. It is disturbing that
lies about war, death and destruction do not inspire the same contempt
in the collective American psyche.
- But what is even more frightening than the presence of
evil is how easily decent, well-meaning people are manipulated by it. During
the Iraqi war America was a very repressive place, the type of environment
where injustices flourish and hypocrisy abounds. Anti-war voices were censored,
anti-war reporters were fired, voices of reason were discredited, legitimate
questions were silenced and derision was directed at dissenters who were
exercising the very freedoms the pro-war voices claimed American troops
were fighting for.
- The corporate-controlled media basically became a jingoistic
cheerleader for the lies of the Bush dictatorship. News programs were inundated
with military "experts" pushing little pieces of plastic around
a map of Iraq, treating the war like a children's game or sporting event
while remaining conspicuously unconcerned or silent about the veracity
of the alleged "reasons" behind it.
- This atmosphere was echoed at pro-war rallies and events,
where signs like "Kick A** America" displaced rational discourse.
Monopolistic media outlets frequently sponsored these rallies while ignoring
anti-war ones. And one could not walk into a place of business without
seeing a "Support the Troops" sign. Yet, I often wondered how
many of these signs reflected genuine support and how many simply reflected
the business owner"s fear of losing customers if such signs were not
- A common misconception in capitalist theory is that competition
invariably results in the development of superior products or services.
Far too often the opposite is true. Businesses acting with ethics and integrity
often find themselves needing to relax their standards in order to compete
with similar businesses that are not constrained by ethical considerations.
This ultimately results in a plethora of businesses diminishing to "the
lowest common denominator."
- Nowhere is this more evident than in America's corporate-controlled
media. Suddenly "news" is not what Americans need to hear, but
what the corporate-controlled media believe Americans want to hear. Celebrity
gossip, pundits incessantly interrupting or shouting at each other, superficial
answers to complex questions, news coverage of trials of the rich and famous,
and "infotainment" have all but destroyed responsible and honest
- Lost in this destruction were legitimate questions that
should have been answered before the war against Iraq even began: "Why
the rush to war?; What evidence is there that inspections are not working?;
Won't the war divert much needed resources from the war on terrorism?;
Won"t the war actually increase terrorism by causing bitterness and
instability?; Won't nationalism and outrage over occupation become a problem?;
Won't the war create ethnic tensions?; What plans are there for winning
the peace?" All of these questions and many others were being asked
prior to the Iraqi war. Unfortunately far too many Americans did not demand
answers. Now the continuing violence in Iraq, the terrorist attacks in
Spain and the regrouping of Al-Qaeda are belatedly providing such answers.
- As I stated in previous PRAVDA articles, this destruction
of responsible journalism has also provided fertile ground for the use
of Hitler's "great lie" theory. As Hitler pointed out, ordinary
people will recognize when politicians tell "little" lies, because
they often hear or tell such lies themselves. But there is an innate, perhaps
naive, belief that politicians will not lie about events of great magnitude.
So while skepticism greets a President denying an extramarital affair,
it does not greet a corruptly-appointed dictator who lies about WMDs, or
who even jokes about these lies.
- Since May 1, 2003, the day the once AWOL, draft-dodging
Bush proclaimed an end to "major combat" in Iraq, more American
soldiers have been killed than during the major combat itself. Yet there
are few "Support the Troops" rallies nowadays. The signs and
bumper stickers have faded or been removed, and the largest private co-conspirator
in instigating the Iraqi war-the corporate-controlled media-are now, in
their typical fashion, either ignoring the ongoing conflict or pretending
that they knew Bush was lying all along.
- And, in a tribute to the adage that lies only spawn more
lies, the venal, draft-dodging Dick Cheney recently told "an audience
of cheering military personnel" that the war against Iraq was connected
to the "war on terrorism," even though no links between Saddam
Hussein and Al-Qaeda have been found. I wonder how many of these "cheering
military personnel" will benefit from the financial windfall Cheney
is going to enjoy through the lucrative "rebuilding" contracts
he helped award to his political cronies.
- There are some who refer to dinosaurs as history's biggest
losers. But, at the risk of sounding misanthropic, the path currently being
taken in today's world and the evil it consistently embraces presage the
reality that humans may be the first species to bring about their own extinction,
through an artificially manufactured virus or chemical agent, or through
nuclear warfare or a yet-to-be-invented means. What the Bush dictatorship
has demonstrated to many Americans, and to the world, is that waging war
does not require truth, only incessantly repeated lies, effective propaganda,
and appeals to people's most primitive instincts. For through such lies,
appeals and propaganda, people will undoubtedly support Satan himself.
- Perhaps they already have.
- David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of PRAVDA