America’s Moral Degeneracy
By Paul Craig Roberts
October 10, 2012 "Information
May 31, 2010, the Israeli right-wing government sent armed
military troops to illegally board in international waters Gaza
aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla organized by the Free
Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and
Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief. The Israelis murdered 8
Turkish citizens and one US citizen in cold blood. Many others
were wounded by the forces of “the only democracy in the Middle
Despite the murder of its citizen, Washington immediately took
the side of the crazed Israeli government. The Turks had a
different response. The prime minister of Turkey, Erdogan, said
that the next aid ships would be protected by the Turkish navy.
But Washington got hold of its puppet and paid him to shut up.
Once upon a time, the Turks were a fierce people. Today they are
We have witnessed this during the past week. The Turkish
government is permitting the Islamists from outside Syria,
organized by the CIA and Israel, to attack Syria from Turkish
territory. On several occasions a mortar shell has, according to
news reports if you believe them, fallen just inside the Turkey
border. The Turkish military has used the excuse to launch
artillery barrages into Syria.
People who with good cause no longer believe the US and western
media or the US and western governments think that the mortar
shells were fired by US or Israeli operatives, or by the
“rebels” they support, in order to give Turkey the excuse to
start a NATO war with Syria. A UN sanctioned NATO invasion or
air strikes, as in Libya, has been blocked by the Russians and
Chinese. But if Syria and Turkey get into a war, NATO must come
to the aid of its NATO member, Turkey.
Once again we see that Muslims are easily dominated and
slaughtered by Western countries, because Muslim countries are
incapable of supporting one another. Instead of supporting one
another, Muslim governments accept payoffs to support instead
the Christian/Zionist forces of the Western bloc.
Washington knows this, which is one reason why Washington began
its assertion of world hegemony in the Muslim Middle East.
In the West, the Ministry of Propaganda continues to talk about
the “Syrian revolt.” There is no revolt. What has happened is
that the US and Israel have equipped with weapons and sent into
Syria Islamists who wish to overthrow the secular Syrian
government. Washington knows that if the Syrian government can
be destroyed, the country will dissolve into warring factions
like Iraq and Libya.
America’s European and Japanese puppet states are, of course,
part of Washington’s operation. There will be no complaints from
them. But why is the rest of the world content for Washington to
interfere in the sovereign affairs of nations to the point of
invading, sending in drones and assassination teams, and
murdering vast numbers of citizens in seven countries?
Does this acquiescence mean that the world has accepted
Washington’s claim that it is the indispensable country with the
right to rule the world?
Why, for example, do Russia and Venezuela permit the US
government to fund their political opposition?
The one party American state has no political opposition. But
imagine if it did. Would Washington tolerate the funding of its
opposition by Russia or Venezuela? Obviously not. Those running
against America with foreign money would be arrested and
imprisoned, but not in Venezuela or Russia, countries where,
apparently, treason is legal.
On September 8, Hugo Chavez defeated his American-financed
opponent, Henrique Capriles, 54% to 44%.
This would be an amazing margin of victory in a US presidential
election. However, in his previous reelection Chavez won by 27%.
Obviously, Washington’s money and the propaganda activities of
the US-financed Non-Governmental Organizations succeeded in
swaying Venezuelans and reducing Chavez’s margin of victory to
10%. Washington’s interference is a massive barrier to
leadership in other countries. Fully 44% of the Venezuelan
people were too brainwashed or too stupid to vote for their own
country’s candidate and voted instead for Washington’s
It is extraordinary that 44% of the Venezuelan voters voted to
become an American puppet state, like Turkey, England, France,
Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech
Republic, Poland, the Baltics, Scandinavia, Canada, Japan, South
Korea, Australia, Mexico, Belgium, Taiwan, Colombia, Pakistan,
Yemen. Probably, I have left out a few.
As a high government official once told me, “Empire costs us a
great deal of money.”
Washington has to pay its puppets to represent Washington
instead of their own peoples.
Washington in its hubris forgets that its rule is purchased and
not loved. Washington’s puppets have sold their integrity and
that of their countries for filthy lucre.
When the money runs out, so does the empire.
By then the American people will be as corrupted as the foreign
“leaders.” In his review of The United States And Torture,
edited by Marjorie Cohn (New York University Press, 2011) in the
Fall 2012 Independent Review, Anthony Gregory writes:
“In Reagan’s America, a common theme in Cold War rhetoric was
that the Soviets tortured people and detained them without
cause, extracted phony confessions through cruel violence, and
did the unspeakable to detainees who were helpless against the
full, heartless weight of the Communist state. As much as any
other evil, torture differentiated the bad guys, the Commies,
from the good guys, the American people and their government.
However imperfect the U.S. system might be, it had civilized
standards that the enemy rejected.”
By 2005, a year after torture photos from Abu Ghraib were
leaked, polls of Americans showed that 38% had succumbed to the
propaganda that torture was justified in some circumstances.
After four more years of neoconservative advocacy of torture, an
Associated Press poll reported in 2009 that 52% of Americans
approved of torture.
Torture apparently was an instrument of US cold war policy.
Torture was taught to Latin American militaries by the US School
of the Americas, which operated in Panama and subsequently at
Fort Benning, Georgia. However, this was a clandestine
operation. It awaited the neoconservative Bush regime for US
Department of Justice (sic) attorneys, graduates of the best law
schools, to write legal memos justifying torture despite US
statutory and international laws prohibiting torture, and for
both the president and vice president of the United States to
openly acknowledge and justify torture. Some of the criminals
who wrote these memos are now teaching in prestigious law
schools. One was appointed to the federal judiciary and sits as
a judge sentencing others for their offenses.
We can conclude with Anthony Gregory that it is not only foreign
political regimes that are corrupted by Washington’s evil, but
also Americans themselves. “Nothing better demonstrates the
moral degeneracy of American political culture than the U.S.
Washington still masquerades wearing the white hat, and most of
the rest of the world is paid to go along with the masquerade.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.
He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments.
His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.
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