07 May 2011

Another day, another rant

Well, here I go again. Yes, another rant from the old guy to stir up whatever I can.
This all started with an article at Information Clearing House (a link to the site is now posted on the front page here at the right side of the screen with the other links). 
The article is by Mike Whitney. While he usually writes about the economy, or whatever is passing itself off as an economy here in the old US of A, this time Mike has ventured into the realm of international politics and wars. This is not the first time he has done so, I just wanted to let you know that the majority of his articles on the Counterpunch web site are on the economy. 
The title of his article says it all, "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today". You can read this excellent article here;www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28037.htm
In his article Mike makes many very good points as to the "why" Libya is being bombed into submission by NATO. Yes, it IS about the oil under the sands of Libya, but it is also about the 144 tons of gold that Libya has on hand. This does not in any way detract from the truth of the article, I just added that fact to an already excellent article.
I emailed Mike with my reply to his article and he sent back an email that I should post my reply here at the old corner, so, blame Mike for this rant. LOL. Seriously, without his email back to me, I may have let this slide. So, here goes my reply;
Very good article on Libya.
No matter what one may feel about old Gaddafi, he does have the right to suppress any rebellion against his rule in his own country.
If the leader of a country being a supposed "bad guy", not many countries would be immune from invasion by the supposed good guys. To use Gaddafi being on the outs as reason to remove him from power is disingenuous or worse.
Hey, Gobomber is an asshole, does that mean the USA can be invaded and him removed from office? I wish. Maybe the Swiss can invade the USA and install a better form of government here. LOL.......much as I might enjoy that, it will never happen. Why would the Swiss want to take over the shit pot that  America has become? We have trashed the entire country, so even the natural resources and national parks are not worth their time to invade us now days.
All the wars of choice are based on lies. "We" are in Libya to take over their national bank accounts. They must be placed under control of the IMF and the World Bank. The Wall Street gangsters must have control of all.
What a damn mess America has made and continues to make of much of the planet.
Yes I am in a bad mood today, screw the goddamn empire.
By the "standards" the powers that be apply to Gaddafi, the ass clown governor of Wisconsin should be able to call for the US military to shoot the demonstrators in his state. Rule by force, that IS empire.
I best stop for now, too pissed off at the bullshit.

Well, there it is folks. And, yes, I am still pissed off at the goddamn bullshit. I have been trying to keep my language polite here at the old corner, but every so often you reach a level where "polite" language just no longer conveys your true feelings. Some may think I should apologize for my "bad" language here today. Well, I did not mean to offend anybody, if I did, it was not by design. As for an apology, sorry, there will not be one. As the saying goes, if you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.
Every American should be outraged at these damn fool, useless wars of choice. We are NOT one bit safer due to the invasions of Iraq or Afghanistan. We are not one tiny bit safer from the drone attacks on Pakistan. We are not any safer from our government pumping billions of dollars every year into the Zionist entity. We are no safer from the use of drones and "special ops" types in Yemen, Somalia, or any other country around the globe.
The sanctions against Iran have not made America one tiny, tiny bit safer either.
The founders of the republic had it right; fair trade with all nations, entangling alliances with none. Also, we should not go in search of monsters to destroy. Had we kept to those basic ideas, the country and the entire world would no doubt, be much nicer than it is today. Imagine, a world without the bloody damn empire tromping all around invading here, bombing there. Why, there could actually be a very good chance for real peace. No, it would not be "all sweetness and light", but it most certainly could be much, much better than it is currently.
So many Americans like to say that our country is a "Christian" nation. Well, it never was nor was it designed to be, but OK, I'll give them a break on that, but ONLY if they start to practice one of the most basic tenants of their religion, that is, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. IF every Christian would act accordingly, then I will not be so critical of them when they tell me that America is a "Christian" nation.
It is way past time, so lets all get with it and shout ENOUGH!! Enough of these damn fool wars of choice. Live and let live.
semper fi


RealityZone said...

IMHO Libya is also about getting a boot print in N/Africa.
They want to show China that no matter how much they are invested in Libya. We can still get our boot print in country.
Gaddafi was/is a pan Arab/African.
The West would not stand for this.
We are bringing about a regime change in Libya to protect European oil supplies.
We are in Libya to privatize their country for the International Banksters.
A draw down in Afghanistan can only mean one thing.
A draw UP in a new country in the region.
The Neo/Lib/Zio/Cons do not call this the "Long War" for nothin'.

Mike Whitney said...

Very good article, as always. I especially liked this:

"Hey, Gobomber is an asshole, does that mean the USA can be invaded and him removed from office? I wish."

This is almost exactly what Noam Chomsky said last week in another great article, Quote:

"We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region."

As always, Chomsky knocks it outta the park.

Now, here's a twist on what Charlie and Chomsky have said so well already, that is, How many Americans would have preferred to see George Bush brought to justice rather than Bin Laden killed?

Wouldn't that be a better indication that our justice system still works? Instead, there's no expectation of justice in the US today at all. Just "fist-pumping", "high fiving" flag waving" vigilante justice that is an embarrassment for anyone with half a brain and any trace of a conscience.

Okay. That's my rant for the day.

One last thing, Charlie is right and I'm wrong. The war in Libya has more to do with gold and the dollar than oil.

And, by the way, Gaddafi just blew up the main oil tanks in Misrata this AM.

charlie ehlen said...

I totally forgot about Africom when I was writing this post. Yes, that is also a huge part of the Libya war. As of now, Africom is based in Stuttgart, Germany!
Yeah, NO country in all of Africa would allow them to base it on their soil. That says volumes about the "status" of the old USA in Africa. Nobody wanted Africom in their country.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Yes, I am being sarcastic towards the US. Hey, we earned it.

charlie ehlen said...

Thanks for the Chomsky quote. I missed that one the first time around. Yeah, I have not been keeping up to date with my reading of late.
He posed a damn good question. I would like to know the answer to that one myself.
Mike, you were not wrong, just forgot to add the gold. I forgot to add a base IN Africa for Africom, which is still based in Germany.
Hey, none of us are perfect.