vs. the World
By Margaret Kimberley
“A superpower can foment conflict anywhere it wants
to at anytime it chooses.”
February 27, 2014 "Information
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Obama has placed whole nations on his Kill List.
Syria and Venezuela are to join Libya and Iraq as
states that have been made to fail, while Ukraine is
snatched into the NATO-EU orbit. “The
neo-conservative project for a new American century
has reached full fruition under a Democratic
president, who now has many notches on his gun.”
The word imperialism fell into disuse in recent
decades. If it seems slightly retro, that is only
because there aren’t enough Americans committed to
telling the ugly truth about their government.
cold war era we were told that communism increased
in influence via a domino effect, knocking down
nations one by one and forcing them into Moscow’s or
Beijing’s orbit. In the 21st century
there is a new domino theory which puts every part
of the world into America’s cross hairs.
Obama has succeeded in expanding America’s influence
in ways that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney could
only dream about. The neo-conservative project for a
new American century has reached full fruition under
a Democratic president, who now has many notches on
his gun. He and the rest of the NATO leaders began
the trail of destruction with Libya, tearing that
country asunder under the guise of saving it.
and their servants in the corporate media, they
constructed a tale of a tyrant and a people yearning
for protection. That evil success emboldened them
and their gulf monarchy allies further and they
decided that Syria would be the next domino.
didn’t work quite as well as Obama and the rest of
murder incorporated team thought it would. When the
British parliament said no to new military
adventures Obama was left sputtering on national
television. He was forced to back
down from an adamant position he had
taken just days earlier.
semi-comedic setback was only temporary because the
monster must be fed at all cost. The system can no
longer sustain itself and brute force is the only
out. There is nothing old fashioned about
imperialism. This malevolent force is still alive
Bush made efforts to overthrow the
democratically elected Bolivarian revolution in
Venezuela when he plotted with the opposition
against the late Hugo Chavez. Obama is clearly more
committed to violence than his predecessor and has
helped to stir up right wing Venezuelans who want to
rid themselves of Nicolas Maduro. Maduro has been
weakened by the ginned up protests and is now forced
into talks with an opposition that won’t be
satisfied until he is dead and gone too.
Venezuelan people have voted for their revolution
numerous times. The U.S., a country that never
ceases to call itself a democracy, has thwarted
their clearly expressed will time and time again.
But that is the essence of empire after all.
force against Syria was temporarily blocked, the
West, the Persian gulf monarchies, Israel, and
jihadists have not given up their effort to topple the
Bashar al-Assad government in Syria. The savage war
has made thousands of Syrians homeless and starving
refugees, all because the empire needs its next
does United States meddles in its own backyard, it
also relentlessly interferes on the other side of
the world in far away Ukraine.
Popular discontent against that country’s president
became a successful effort to bring that country
into the western sphere of economic influence but
with the awful strings of austerity attached.
Ukraine has the choice of going bankrupt or being
bailed out and dying a slow death a la Greece.
machinations were afoot, president Obama warned
Vladimir Putin away with threats of sanctions. The
scenes of sometimes violent street protests in
Ukraine made a fortuitous tableau for the United
States which claimed the infamous “responsibility to
protect” which never protects anyone who actually
needs help and which has brought so much suffering
to people around the world. Every invasion,
occupation and disruption in recent years can be
laid at the feet of the United States and its
allies. Iraq has been destroyed quite literally,
Iran has been destroyed economically. Libya was
taken out and Syria is on the brink.
States quite openly makes it clear that it wants to
have its way in the world. If Russia attempts to use
its influence then it is vilified and caricatured as
a cruel dictatorship controlled by a tyrant. No
matter how many elections Chavez and now Maduro won,
they are called dictators by American talking heads.
superpower can foment conflict anywhere it wants to
at anytime it chooses. Venezuelans must knuckle
under or face the prospect of more turmoil and
violence. Ukraine must sign onto economic policies
which have already proven disastrous. The United
States leaves its fingerprints in these and many
other places and that is the essence of imperialism.
It is all about control with the rawest brute force
States hasn’t officially made Venezuela or any other
a colony but it doesn’t have to do that. It just has
to show that it is boss and the dominos will fall
wherever it chooses.
Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is
widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a
frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms.
Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached
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