John Scrivener, Main Arm
Under the aegis of Nobel Peace Laureate Obama, the predator drone president, we’ve seen the face of Western imperialism morph from the overt military aggression of the Bush era to the murky work of death squads, drone strikes, co-opted rebels and proxy wars.
Admitting the CIA’s illegal assassination program, Obama recently sought to justify the policy by claiming ‘we were attacked on 9/11’. The logic of this argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. As even the 9/11 commissioners themselves concede, the crime was never properly investigated but was instead covered up and censored. Many issues remain unresolved and qualified researchers have scientifically disproved critical aspects of the official account.
By hawking this hackneyed canard, Obama reveals himself to be just another paid liar, a puppet of the war profiteering plutocracy, an asset of the military industrial complex that his predecessor, President Ike Eisenhower, famously and prophetically warned about in his 1961 farewell address to the nation.
Indeed, the only beneficiaries of the criminal aggression conducted under the pretext of the fraudulent terror war doctrine, are the corporations that build weapon systems, like Boeing and Lockheed, the corporations that construct and service military bases, like Haliburton and Bechtel, the corporations that supply fuel to the military, such as ExxonMobil and BP, and of course, the private central bankers, who profit from the interest they charge on the money they print to fund their wars.
But for everyone else, the cost has been a decade of violence and devastation, worsening chaos and conflict across the Middle East, permanent contamination of the environment with depleted uranium, trillions of dollars debt, the erosion of human rights and civil liberties under draconian anti-terror laws, the pollution of mainstream media with toxic propaganda, and not least, the corruption of democratic processes and institutions.
An outbreak of insight, fostered by moral courage and intellectual honesty, is urgently required to foment the necessary awareness of, and appropriate responses to the rampant corruption currently afflicting humanity and laying waste to the planet in pursuit of power and profit.