The “Brutal World”
How did Western Civilization get a monopoly on “moral
conscience” when it has no morality?
Paul Craig Roberts
“The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of
escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the
use of weapons of mass destruction.”
Five Western military leaders.
read the statement three times trying to figure out the typo.
Then it hit me, the West has now out-Owellled Orwell: The West
must nuke other countries in order to prevent the use of weapons
of mass destruction! In Westernspeak, the West nuking other
countries does not qualify as the use of weapons of mass
The astounding statement comes from a paper prepared for a Nato
summit in April by five top military leaders--an American, a
German, a Dutchman, a Frenchman, and a Brit. It can be found
The paper, prepared by men regarded as distinguished leaders and
not as escapees from insane asylums, argues that “the West’s
values and way of life are under threat, but the West is
struggling to summon the will to defend them.” The leaders find
that the UN is in the way of the West’s will, as is the European
Union which is obstructing NATO and “NATO’s credibility is at
stake in Afghanistan.”
And that’s a serious matter. If NATO loses its credibility in
Afghanistan, Western civilization will collapse just like the
Soviet Union. The West just doesn’t realize how weak it is. To
strengthen itself, it needs to drop more and larger bombs.
The German military leader blames the Merkel government for
contributing to the West’s inability to defend its values by
standing in the way of a revival of German militarism. How can
Germany be “a reliable partner” for America, he asks, if the
German government insists on “special rules” limiting the combat
use of its forces in Afghanistan?
Ron Asmus, head of the German Marshall Fund and a former US
State Department official, welcomed the paper as “a wake-up
call.” Asmus means a call to wake-up to the threats from the
brutal world, not to the lunacy of Western leaders.
Who, what is threatening the West’s values and way of life?
Political fanaticism, religious fundamentalism, and the imminent
spread of nuclear weapons, answer the five asylum escapees.
By political fanaticism, do they mean the neoconservatives who
believe that the future of humanity depends on the US
establishing its hegemony over the world? By religious
fundamentalism, do they mean “rapture evangelicals” agitating
for armageddon or Christian and Israeli Zionists demanding a
nuclear attack on Iran? By spread of nuclear weapons, do they
mean Israel’s undeclared and illegal possession of several
hundred nuclear weapons?
No. The paranoid military leaders see all the fanaticism,
religious and otherwise, and all the threats to humanity as
residing outside Western civilization (Israel is
inside). The “increasingly brutal world,” of which the leaders
warn, is “over there.” Only Muslims are fanatics. All us white
guys are rational and sane.
There is nothing brutal about the US/Nato bombing of Serbia,
Iraq, and Afghanistan, or the Israeli bombing of Lebanon, or the
Israeli ethnic cleansing of the West Bank, or the genocide
Israel hopes to commit against Palestinians in Gaza.
All of this, as well as America’s bombing of Somalia, America’s
torture dungeons, show trials of “detainees,” and overthrow of
elected governments and installation of puppet rulers, is the
West’s necessary response to keep the brutal world at bay.
Brutal things happen in the “brutal world” and are entirely the
fault of those in the brutal world. None of this would happen
if the inhabitants of the brutal world would just do as they are
told. How can the civilized world with its monopoly on morality
allow people in the brutal world to behave independently? I
mean, really! God forbid, they might attack some innocent
The “brutal world” consists of those immoral fanatics who object
to being marginalized by the West and who reply to mass
bombings from the air and to the death and destruction inflicted
on them through myriad ways by strapping on a suicide bomb.
Unable to impose its will on countries it has invaded with
conventional arms, the West’s military leaders are now prepared
to force compliance with the moral world’s will by threatening
to nuke those who resist. You see, since the West has the
monopoly on morality, truth, and justice, those in the outside
world are obviously evil, wicked and brutal. Therefore, as
President Bush tells us, it is a simple choice between good and
evil, and there’s no better candidate than evil for being nuked.
The sooner we can get rid of the brutal world, the sooner we
will have “freedom and democracy” everywhere that’s left.
Meanwhile, the United States, the great moral light unto the
world, has just prevented the United Nations from censuring
Israel, the world’s other great moral light, for cutting off
food supplies, medical supplies, and electric power to Gaza.
You see, Gaza is in the outside world and is a home of the bad
guys. Moreover, the wicked Palestinians there tricked the US
when the US allowed them to hold a free election. Instead of
electing the US candidate, the wicked voters elected a
government that would represent them. The US and Israel
overturned the Palestinian election in the West Bank, but those
in Gaza clung to the government that they had elected. Now they
are going to suffer and die until they elect the government that
the US and Israel wants. I mean, how can we expect people in
the brutal world to know what’s best for them?
The fact that the UN tried to stop Israel’s just punishment of
the Gazans shows how right the five leaders’ report is about the
UN being a threat to Western values and way of life. The UN is
really against us. This puts the UN in the outside world and
makes it a candidate for being nuked if not an outright
terrorist organization. As our president said, “you are with us
or against us.”
The US and Israel need a puppet government in Palestine so that
a ghettoized remnant of Palestine can be turned into a “two
state solution.” The two states will be Israel incorporating
the stolen West Bank and a Palestinian ghetto without an
economy, water, or contiguous borders.
This is necessary in order to protect Israel from the brutal
Inhabitants of the brutal world are confused about the
“self-determination” advocated by Western leaders. It doesn’t
mean that those outside Western civilization and Israel should
decide for themselves. “Self” means American. The term, so
familiar to us, means “American-determination.” The US
determines and others obey.
It is the brutal world that causes all the trouble by not
Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic
Policy in the Reagan administration. He is credited with curing
stagflation and eliminating “Phillips curve” trade-offs between
employment and inflation, an achievement now on the verge of
being lost by the worst economic mismanagement in US history.
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