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Who Precisely Is Attacking The World?
By Paul Craig Roberts
The stuck pigs are squealing. To shift the onus from the US State  Department, Hillary Clinton paints Wikileaks' release of the  "diplomatic cables" as an "attack on the international community."  To reveal truth is equivalent in the eyes of the US government to an  attack on the world.
It is Wikileaks' fault that all those US diplomats wrote a quarter of  a million undiplomatic messages about America's allies, a.k.a.,  puppet states. It is also Wikileaks' fault that a member of the US  government could no longer stomach the cynical ways in which the US  government manipulates foreign governments to serve, not their own  people, but American interests, and delivered the incriminating  evidence to Wikileaks.
The US government actually thinks that it was Wikileaks patriotic  duty to return the evidence and to identify the leaker. After all,  we mustn't let the rest of the world find out what we are up to. They  might stop believing our lies.
The influential German magazine, Der Spiegel, writes: "It is nothing  short of a political meltdown for US foreign policy."
This might be more a hope than a reality. The "Soviet threat" during  the second half of the 20th century enabled US governments to create  institutions that subordinated the interests of other countries to  those of the US government. After decades of following US leadership,  European "leaders" know no other way to act. Finding out that the  boss badmouths and deceives them is unlikely to light a spirit of  independence. At least not until America's economic collapse becomes  more noticeable.
The question is: how much will the press tell us about the documents?  Spiegel itself has said that the magazine is permitting the US  government to censure, at least in part, what it prints about the  leaked material. Most likely, this means the public will not learn  the content of the 4,330 documents that "are so explosive that they  are labelled 'NOFORN,'" meaning that foreigners, including  presidents, prime ministers, and security services that share  information with the CIA, are not permitted to read the documents.  Possibly, also, the content of the 16,652 cables classified as  "secret" will not be revealed to the public.
Most likely the press, considering their readers' interests, will  focus on gossip and the unflattering remarks Americans made about  their foreign counterparts. It will be good for laughs. Also, the US  government will attempt to focus the media in ways that advance US  policies.
Indeed, it has already begun. On November 29, National Public Radio  emphasized that the cables showed that Iran was isolated even in the  Muslim world, making it easier for the Israelis and Americans to  attack. The leaked cables reveal that the president of Egypt, an  American puppet, hates Iran, and the Saudi Arabian government has  been long urging the US government to attack Iran. In other words,  Iran is so dangerous to the world that even its co-religionists want  Iran wiped off the face of the earth.
NPR presented several nonobjective "Iranian experts" who denigrated  Iran and its leadership and declared that the US government, by  resisting its Middle Eastern allies' calls for bombing Iran, was the  moderate in the picture. The fact that President George W. Bush  declared Iran to be a member of "the axis of evil" and threatened  repeatedly to attack Iran, and that President Obama has continued the  threats--Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of  Staff, has just reiterated that the US hasn't taken the attack option  off the table--are not regarded by American "Iran experts" as  indications of anything other than American moderation.
Somehow it did not come across the NPR newscast that it is not Iran  but Israel that routinely slaughters civilians in Lebanon, Gaza, and  the West Bank, and that it is not Iran but the US and its NATO  mercenaries who slaughter civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yeman, and  Pakistan.
Iran has not invaded any of its neighbors, but the Americans are  invading countries half way around the globe.
The "Iranian experts" treated the Saudi and Egyptian rulers' hatred  of Iran as a vindication of the US and Israeli governments'  demonization of Iran. Not a single "Iranian expert" was capable of  pointing out that the tyrants who rule Egypt and Saudi Arabia fear  Iran because the Iranian government represents the interests of  Muslims, and the Saudi and Egyptian governments represent the  interests of the Americans.
Think what it must feel like to be a tyrant suppressing the  aspirations of your own people in order to serve the hegemony of a  foreign country, while a nearby Muslim government strives to protect  its people's independence from foreign hegemony.
Undoubtedly, the tyrants become very anxious. What if their oppressed  subjects get ideas? Little wonder the Saudis and Egyptian rulers  want the Americans to eliminate the independent-minded country that  is a bad example for Egyptian and Saudi subjects.
As long as the dollar has enough value that it can be used to  purchase foreign governments, information damaging to the US  government is unlikely to have much affect. As Alain of Lille said a  long time ago, "money is all."
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