Obama's God Complex
By Yvonne Ridley
May 30, 2012
-- The fatal
shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin shocked a nation,
inspired tens of thousands to march for justice and even
prompted the US President to declare, "If I had a son, he would
look like Trayvon".
It took nearly six weeks for George Zimmerman, the Florida man
accused of killing the teenager, to be arrested and charged with
second-degree murder after enormous pressure from the public.
Zimmerman - the captain of a Neighbourhood Watch group - pursued
Trayvon because he said that he thought he was acting
"suspicious" and "up to no good". And that is exactly the same
excuse used by President Barack Obama as he justifies ticking
off names on a "kill list" for drone attacks.
While Obama called on federal, state and local authorities to
work together as part of the investigation into the killing of
Trayvon, just who is going to investigate the President for his
extra-judicial killings? He is a man out of control, and while
his predecessor justified his actions with a catch-all “God told
me to do it”, this president thinks he is God, making decisions
about who should live and who should die.
If he was the head of a banana republic the UN Security Council
would be meeting as I write to bring about regime change, with
the International Criminal Court on standby with a writ to
charge Obama with war crimes.
But the USA is not a banana republic - not yet, anyway - and
Obama is the head of a superpower and supposed to be the most
powerful man in the world; the man who in 2009 went to Cairo and
convinced us all that he was going to engage positively with the
Muslim world from the Middle East to Asia.
Looking back at that historic day all I can visualise is a fox
being heralded and saluted by his victims as he walks up the
ramp into the chicken coop.
We don’t know how many people Barack Obama has ordered to be
killed, but according to the New York Times he has “placed
himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to
designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture
part has become largely theoretical".
There is huge hypocrisy in the media and from the so-called
liberal left when it comes to this particular White House
incumbent. The tame journalists who make up the Washington press
pack ignore the fact that several times a month around 100
members of the government’s sprawling national security
apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to discuss who
should live and who should die.
This murderous secret nomination process was the invention of
the Democrat Obama Administration, just as the Democrat Bill
Clinton Administration brought kidnap and extraordinary
rendition flights to the world. Republicans must look on
enviously at how the Democrats get away with breaking
international laws and conventions without being challenged.
It is almost beyond belief that this kill list has been
sanctioned by a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize and ran his US
Presidential campaign on a human rights platform. Remember
Obama's declaration that he wanted to close down Guantanamo, end
torture, stop secret renditions and raise the bar in fairness
and justice? He clearly doesn't.
In Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, Obama’s killing machines are not
even clinical or always on target; thousands of innocent men,
women and children have been taken out by his drone attacks.
Their blood is on the US President’s hands, and even his own
people are sickened by the hypocrisy and double standards coming
out of the White House.
America's outgoing Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, a man
with more backbone and guts than his predecessor, has revealed
that he regards the drone strike-driven policy of his government
unacceptable. Rather tellingly, he has complained to colleagues
that “he didn’t realise his main job was to kill people".
This was revealed in another article published this week in the
New York Times, one of the few US media titles finally to adopt
a critical stance over Obama’s foreign policies.
I can only assume that Obama’s killing spree has gone largely
unchecked by ordinary Americans because they haven’t a clue what
this president is doing in their name. This is sad, because
Americans do care about justice and fair play; they showed this
when they rallied and demonstrated after the killing of black
teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who thought he was “up to no
Trayvon's killer will now stand trial for his actions and his
fate will be decided by a judge and jury looking at openly
presented evidence. That is real justice, not the shoot and kill
version which is coming to define Obama's presidency.
Many of us who cheered when the first non-white president moved
into the White House were hoping for a new era of peace and
justice, but we have been conned. The true Barack Obama is an
out of control psychopathic killer with a loaded God complex,
and he's running America. This makes him the most dangerous man
in the world as well as the most powerful. And that should make
every right-minded person in America and beyond shudder with
Yvonne Ridley is a patron of the London-based human rights NGO,