Globalization and Middle East Terrorism
By Charles Sullivan
-- -- By now the whole world knows that America is none of the things that
she purports to be; that is, everyone except the Americans. It
is said that
America has fifty states but in fact
she has fifty-one, Israel being the fifty-first. Perhaps
could be counted as the fifty-second.
It is ironic that the people who think they are the freest are
the most controlled people on earth. It is equally odd that
those who think they are part of the greatest democracy the
world has ever known do not participate in a democracy at all;
nor do they recognize one when they see it. These facts attest
to how thoroughly the American people have been propagandized by
the corporate media.
A controlled people have no will of their own. They believe what
they are told, and they do what their government tells them to
do. They have little intellectual curiosity about the world and
rarely, if ever, question authority, much less challenge it.
They have little or no knowledge of their nation’s history, and
are a frightened and timid people that have no conception of
reality. None are more effectively enslaved than those who
think they are free. Americans are slaves to a corrupt system
that preys upon them and tells them how well they are treated.
fifty-first state—Zionist Israel influences American foreign
policy nearly as much as the corporations that run the
government. On Capital Hill the Zionist lobby rivals the power
of even the wealthiest corporations. The Pentagon, in
particular, is heavily influenced by Zionists, and chief among
them are Paul Wolfowitz, Elliott Abrams, Richard Perle and
Michael Rubin. The combination of Zionism and corporate
Plutocracy is a particularly deadly and violent one; a perfect
storm that has gathered over the Middle East and rained corpses
upon the land in a cyclone of savage violence without end.
The evidence visibly demonstrates that both the American and
Israeli governments are savage terrorist states. I make a clear
distinction between the people and their respective governments;
although the people must bear some of the responsibility for
what their governments do. Recent reports from Amnesty
International make clear that both nations deliberately target
civilians and civilian infrastructure—including roads and
bridges, water sanitation facilities, electrical generating
stations, ambulances transporting the wounded to hospitals,
rescue workers recovering the dead, and even women and children
seeking refuge in bomb shelters. Other humanitarian NGOs have
uncovered similar findings.
Not only are such events an abomination, they are acts of
extreme cowardice; the work of madmen intoxicated by transitory
power in pursuit of private wealth.
The Israeli and American governments have little regard for
life, or human freedoms. Both thoroughly propagandize their own
people and call themselves democracies. They are known to
kidnap, imprison, torture, and assassinate their foes without
due process. Both possess nuclear arsenals capable of destroying
the world many times over. The world surely remembers that America is the only nation to hold
human life in such low regard as to actually deploy the atomic
bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even with Japan’s eminent
surrender at hand.
These governments are guilty of the same war crimes that the
Nazi leadership was executed for after World War Two. They have
histories of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The blood of
innocent people runs warm on their hands, and they continually
thirst for more.
It is clear that neither
America nor Israel is
interested in a negotiated peace in the
Middle East. Both governments intend to force
capitalism upon the region by systematically invading and
occupying the Arab states. Their stated intent is to
denationalize the immense natural wealth of the region, and turn
it over to private corporations; to force the Islamic Arab
states to join the World Trade Organization, and to accept
capitalism as the new religious order. Some kind of Middle East
Free Trade Agreement will likely be brokered at gun point, and
the corporate fire sale will commence. Similar plans exist for
other parts of the world.
Forget what the talking heads on the television tell you, and
ignore the idiocy spewed forth by conservative talk show hosts; America’s Middle
East policy has nothing to do with threats stemming
from the development of nuclear arsenals, or imaginary terrorist
plots to maim and kill, as reported in the corporate media. Such
claims are useful propaganda, shameless promotions created to
deceive a gullible people into believing there is an eminent
threat to their freedoms that must be dealt with militarily.
None of it is true.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq was foretold in a document
titled, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and
Resources for a New Century.” This paper was authored some six
years ago by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and a host of neocon
luminaries who are always clamoring for war. It provides the
blue print for what is to come, but it is conveniently ignored
by the corporate media.
If the neocons and their Zionist allies succeed, Iran will also be invaded and
occupied, followed by Lebanon and Syria. Other
states will follow, insuring that America and Israel remain in
a state of perpetual war for the next hundred years. Preemptive
strikes are the modus operandi. The plan calls for permanent
military bases throughout the region, and the U.S. is already constructing fourteen
permanent bases in Iraq. America has no
intentions of leaving until the last drop of oil runs dry, and
Iraq’s natural wealth has been
The larger purpose of the American-Israeli Middle East policy is
to force capitalism onto the region. If they are successful, the
occupied territories will fall under virtual martial law, and
virtual U.S-Israeli rule. The dollar will become the currency,
and every Arab state will be forced to join the WTO, and to
comply with its laws. Membership in the WTO effectively renders
a nation’s Constitution and its laws null and void. WTO
membership is a key element in the new world order envisioned by
the world’s wealthiest people.
The independent Arab states will be coerced into accepting loans
from the IMF and the World Bank. A key feature of these loans is
that they require the state to open its borders to private
ownership and foreign investors (privatization). That is what
occurred in Iraq when the Bremer orders were
issued. A puppet government is installed to lend the appearance
of legitimacy to the process. Some kind of Middle East Free
Trade Agreement will likely be brokered at gun point; the
inhabitants will eventually lose their cultural identity and
become westernized. Imagine downtown Baghdad with a McDonalds at every corner, and
Super Centers all around.
This is the New World Order envisioned by George Herbert Walker
Bush—corporate governance by the world’s wealthiest individuals.
For everyone else it will be a world-sized gulag with all the
accoutrements of a concentration camp.
Western capitalists break into a cold sweat when they think
about the money to be made. They see private wealth in the form
of the Middle East’s immense
oil reserves, cheap exploitable labor, and the millions of new
consumers that capitalism demands.
Any nation that resists corporate globalization will be labeled
‘terrorist states,’ and subjected to military invasion. The
imperial invaders will declare that these states are developing
nuclear weapons and present an eminent threat to the U.S and its
allies. The corporate media will report that we are bringing
democracy to the
Middle East. All of this should sound
Once the groundwork is laid, the invasion of Dick Cheney’s
Halliburton, Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, and all of the
corporations that are plundering Iraq can begin in earnest. Some 150
American corporations are already reaping billions in stolen
Iraqi wealth. That is just the beginning.
The masters of war are promoting their agenda of corporate
globalization by equating the resistance to free trade with
terrorism. As all things Bush, this is just marketing hype and
brazen lies—pure propaganda. By linking resistance to free trade
to terrorism in the public mind, the perpetrators expect to
market future wars and more occupations to the people who will
be required to carry them out.
Speaking truth in
America is becoming tantamount to an
act of sedition, or terror. We already know what happens to
terrorists in Bush World.
America’s fifty-first state,
Israel’s elite will also reap the
economic spoils of war, and expand its power throughout the
region. She will then be in position to police the territory,
and to put down insurrections with weapons made in the USA.
Much of the world already knows that democracy and capitalism
are an oxymoron. As we can see (if we are willing to look),
capitalism and free trade oppresses human freedoms, rather than
foster them. Do the people of Iraq feel liberated? Their country is
being divvied out to corporate predators, while America holds a
gun to their heads. When will we remove our blinders and see
with clear eyes? Every atrocity that America and her allies accuse their
enemies of committing, they have themselves committed. Will we
ever remove our blinders and see with clear eyes?
There will never be peace as long as capitalism thrives and men
without souls occupy human flesh. Nations will be carpet bombed,
and millions of innocent people will suffer and die horribly.
The corporate CEOs and their share holders view this as a small
price for others to pay, so long as they profit.
In an article published in The New Yorker this week, Seymour
Hersch exposed the Pentagon’s covert plot to invade Iran. The corporatocracy considers
Iran as the crown jewel of the
Middle East. What the Plutocrats did not count
on, however, was the fierce resistance the occupying forces have
Iraq, where nothing has gone
according to plan. Beyond the green zone there is no part of the
country that is safe. The world’s most powerful military cannot
defeat the building guerilla resistance that continues to grow
and intensify. In Lebanon, the
world’s second strongest military was unable to defeat Hezbollah
and its antiquated weaponry.
While these are viewed as ominous signs for the New World Order,
they are an indication that there may be justice in this world
after all. The fierce resistance to occupation by the
Palestinians on the West and Bank and the Gaza Strip, the
spirited defiance to occupation in
Iraq, and the repulsion of the Israeli
military from Lebanon are cause for hope. They are
victories for the people against their oppressors. Apart from
the aggressors, the world recognizes the right of all peoples to
resist foreign occupation and to determine their own fate. It is
a moral duty. There is hope in resistance. Someone once said,
“Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
In their unfathomable hubris, both the Israeli and the American
governments have seriously underestimated the spiritual strength
and determination of the freedom fighters resisting corporate
globalization. They will never stop fighting until the occupiers
have been driven out, as occupying armies always are. The
invaders can kill the majority of the population with their
sophisticated weaponry, but those who remain will expel them, as
the Vietnamese expelled the U.S. from
History has taught us these lessons again and again, but we
Americans do not know history; nor do we want to know it.
The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time,
Antonia Juhasz, May 2006
Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces
and Resources for a New Century, Dick Cheney and others.
National Security Strategy of the USA, Dick Cheney and others,
Dick Cheney’s Song of America, David Armstrong
A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, Richard
Perle and others, 1996
Watching Lebanon, Seymour Hersch, New Yorker, August 21, 2006
Mad Dog on a Leash, Sheila Samples, Dissident Voice, August 15,
Democracy Now!, Pacifica Radio Network, various dates
Sullivan is a photographer and free lance writer residing in the
hinterland of West Virginia. He
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