Sunday, February 27, 2011

'ensuring a smooth transition’ or keeping the status quo?

As I’ve watched events unfold across Africa to the Middle East there are many
things that I do not know. But, these things I believe; that it was that the oppression, poverty unemployment and quality of life were so bad that the
Tunisian, and then the Egyptian people rose up determined to make a change.
Life was unbearable, and people naturally want, at the very minimum a better
chance for their children.

For the masses of young people they have already seen in their short
lives the unfairness of the systems under which they live. And youth, feel
and have it within them the desire and determination to end the injustice.
Youth have the most to gain or lose depending upon whether or not they succeed
in changing a corrupt and unjust social order. They have seen that whilst they
live in poverty, and are oppressed to maintain that order those in power live
lives of luxury.

I am not Tunisian, nor Egyptian so I cannot write as knowledgeable or eloquently as my brothers and sisters who took part in those events as to the reasons behind their actions. And, each person is different. But, I wished
that I were Tunisian or Egyptian as I watched from afar.

But, I am American (though I’ve resided outside of the country since 1997),
and I’m an American with certain unique experiences and learning. It is estimated that about nine million Americans were in military uniform during the Vietnam War (Aug. 5, 1964- May 7, 1973). This was out of twenty-seven (27) American million
men who were of draft age during that period, and eligible for service. About 2.8 million served in Vietnam. Out of these about 1.6 million were in combat units, or exposed to hostile fire. That’s about 0.177% of all those who went to Vietnam were in combat; a very small minority.

This means that only about of all males in the United States during the War years only about 0.6% experienced combat. We are a minority, and different from the
rest of the population. For me, the effects of combat were that I spent much of
the first three years trying to anesthetize myself with alcohol and drugs;
anything that would blot out the pain that I brought home as a result of what
I saw, experienced, witnessed and did in Vietnam.

But, my war experiences drove me to find out the truth about the war,
and what my government did and does across the world in the name of freedom
and democracy. One of the first to open my eyes was Professor Chris Nteta an anti-apartheid activist from South Africa.

I read everything that I could get my hands on about US military
involvement abroad. At college I took many courses in African-American
studies which helped to understand the truth of my country. There was a
gaping hole between the professed values of freedom and democracy and the
reality of my country’s actions at home and abroad.

I was proud to be a member of the Revolutionary Student Brigade RSB at
Boston State College from 1974 through 1977, and a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War VVAW since 1974.

America was founded upon the genocide of its Native peoples, and it
was built upon the slave labour of millions of Africans brought to America
in chains…to the Land of the Free and the Home
of the Brave.

Michael Collins a leader of the Irish War of Independence understood
that the oppressive British Occupation rested upon intelligence; it was vital
to the rule of the British, and his contribution to the War was to wipe out
their best intelligence networks. The rule of any oppressive regime is not
just held up by armed forces, but by intelligence networks or agencies.

Some of the most criminal and terrorist networks that exist today and
purport to fight terrorism are in fact the creators of terrorism. Mossad is
one. But, the CIA (better known as Criminals in Action, or Cocaine Importers
of America) is one of the most criminal and terrorists organizations upon this planet for the last 60 plus years.

Through the CIA and the US military the United States has controlled
Central to South America since the end (if not before in places like Nicaragua)
of the Spanish American War. Between 1850 and 1857 America took one-third of Mexico’s land in four invasions or wars. An American, John Walker and his mercenaries fought and took over much of Nicaragua and brought in slavery
and forced labour.

The list is long.
Panama in 1856
Cuba, Peurto Rico, Guam and the Philippines in 1898; the Spanish American War.
From 1899-1902 America waged a brutal attempt to put down revolutionaries.
1904 The Dominican Republic
1905 US troops went into Honduras, and went back four times in the next 20 years.
1906 Cuba
1907 Honduras
1908 Panama
1915 Haiti (sugar interests) On and on and on…almost yearly interventions in one
country or another.

In 1953 the CIA staged coups that overthrew the democratically elected
government in Iran to protect the oil companies from paying higher prices
for oil.

In 1954 respectively the CIA overthrew the democratically elected government of Guatemala, and overthrew its puppet dictator Ngo Dinh Diem in Vietnam.
In 1956 the US wrested control of the Suez canal from the British and French

In all of the corrupt regimes in North Africa and the Middle East the CIA
and the US military were the main supporters of these corrupt regimes. And,
where there was an alleged democracy the CIA manipulated the elections to
ensure that its loyal puppets were elected again and again.

So, as I watched the events in Tunisia and Egypt I feel certain that
the CIA plays a role that is largely unseen to us the public. What happened
when the protests got huge in Egypt? The Egyptian generals quietly made their
way to Washington to talk strategy: what to do. At first, force is used to
try and crush the rebellion, but when this did not work in either Tunisia or
Egypt the US talks about ‘ensuring a smooth transition’ of power. But, that
means one thing to the people, and quite another to the US. To the people
it means a peaceful transition of and change of power to a more representative government.

But, to the US intent on maintaining its hegemony ‘ensuring a smooth transition’ means nothing less than sacrificing one dictator and instituting a façade of a better government. I have read that in Egypt the army is held in high regard compared to other governmental institutions, but the Mubarak regime included the armed forces of the state. In Egypt the army, air force and navy are no less the regime. They are the regime that collaborates with the US.

The same can be said of Tunisia. How can corrupt generals who were a part
of a brutal regime against the people decide how and when democracy will
take place? Only the people can do that!

What has happened was clever. By promising change it brought these same
generals (who have not said what they discussed in Washington) time. I
believe that during that time the army and the secret police are able to
draw up lists and prepare to come down hard.

These things have happened in South America from the 1960s through much
of the 1990s.

In Bahrain there was an even greater crackdown, and that is because it
is home to the Fifth Fleet Headquarters.

There is a backdrop to all of this and that we know that 9/11 was a staged
attack from within to give a pretext for a series of wars of aggression by
the war party in America. They are not about to let a government representative
of the people come to power in Bahrain because such a government may tell the
US navy to pack up and go; and it should.

The only purpose of the massive military presence of the US is control of
the resources which belong to the people and their countries.

Also, the US is planning a far greater war; World War III for total domination
of the planet. Next on the list is Iran and also Pakistan. The US wants to
steal Pakistan’s nuclear weaponry before it attempts its ultimate objective
waging war on Russia and China. This war will see the use of man-made
earthquakes by the US, and it will be a war fought from space.

We must not let the phony changes and promises of elections to be set by
a military junta. To have any chance of stopping these wars we must wage
war on the war makers. To make their own backyards and every place that
they have troops…an unsecured zone.

Above all we must win over as many of the troops in each of the countries militaries, including the US, UK, French and German to see who the real
enemies of peace are, and to rebel and make it impossible for the military
to wage war

Peace to all, but fight

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