- Remember the Red Menace, also known as the
threat? Or how about the Third Reich, the creator of which became
metaphor for evil in the 20th century?
- Most Americans, certainly those younger
than 30, don't
remember either. Hell, they don't even remember Vietnam or Nixon or
Beatles. The terms and their connotations are totally unfamiliar,
encountered in history texts. Millions of Americans simply do not
what America used to stand for - freedom, justice, equality - and as
result, don't fully comprehend the appalling reality of what America
- Once upon a time, back in the days of Elvis
and the hula
hoop, when I was a little shaver, I was taught in school that when
took over France, Poland and other European countries, that was
and the United States sacrificed almost a half million of its own
people to reverse those situations in the name of freedom. And that
twice, 1916-18 and 1941-45.
- In the same vein, I grew up being taught
that the Soviet
Union's annexation of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and all of
Europe was an evil deed, and that for many years in a period called
Cold War, the American military objective was aimed at overturning
unjust oppression. Back in the 1950s when I was in elementary
used to have routine Civil Defense drills where we used to have to
under our desks pretending we were about to be nuked by the
- It's a new world now. For one thing, the
the planet has doubled in those mere 50 years. And for another, it
United States that is now sweeping the world, scooping up all these
countries in the name of capitalist democracy, and telling lies
it has to go to war. And instead of railing against the powerful
stealing freedom from all these hapless victims, as it did in years
the American press is now cheering it, justifying it in the
ambivalent names of capitalism and democracy. Worse, the American
are cheering it, too, something that's never really happened in U.S.
when the people support a war that they know is based on lies.
- Of course, the American press is cheering
it is the American military doing it. Even the German and Russian
aren't really criticizing it in a serious way. Because there is no
that can oppose America, which spends more on its military than all
other countries in the world combined, yet still complains that it
to spend more, even as its bridges and schools are falling apart and
manufacturing base has completely disappeared, precipitating its
economic collapse. Still the military spending increases, and war
ooze out like an evil ink stain spreading across the globe.
- The evil empire, number one threat to peace
in the world,
is now the United States. No more Red Menace. No more Third Reich.
it's a War on Terror executed by the biggest terrorist of all -
the nation that killed its own people by the thousands in order to
World War III and capture all the world's oil fields.
- Now the shoe is obviously on the other
foot. The United
States has now assumed the role of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia at
worst and all rolled into one. It has troops poised and threatening
127 other countries. By the diabolical mechanisms of the World Trade
and the International Monetary Fund, it has already plundered most
countries financially, stealing their utilities and impoverishing
inhabitants. And those nations who resist this financial con game,
Yugoslavia, are simply invaded and coerced into servitude. Those
who play the game, like Russia and Argentina, are reduced to abject
with a few pro-Western billionaires owning everything.
- And woe to those nations who won't play the
Iraq. They are obliterated and turned into permanent war zones.
are murdered in their sleep by hopped-up American soldiers who are
by their cynical leaders that they are spreading democracy, when
what they are spreading are endless opportunities for plunder by
- And America's leader lie about absolutely
Never at any time in my personal history has there been a time when
American president has not at least accidentally told the truth
but that time is now.
- Once upon a time, Americans used to preach
of freedom and justice for all. It's actually written in their
Allegiance. But they don't adhere to that anymore. After all,
have canceled their Bill of Rights, which once made them famous -
them loved! - all over the world. Now they are feared all over the
Reviled. When Americans launched their worldwide war on terror -
on a treasonous event in which they killed large numbers of their
- they betrayed the whole world. They betrayed every dream of
ever had anywhere.
- The people who did it did it for a few
Can you blame them? It's easy money blowing up countries and blaming
on somebody else. Even you might do it if you had the chance.
support such an idea. It's capitalism at its best, controlling the
make money on the destruction by selling the weapons, make money on
reconstruction by involving your friends in the contracts, no public
of course. So you lose a few dark-skinned lives. The world is
anyway. Look at it as population control (although that it another,
- Things have become so ugly in the United
the liberal opposition candidate for president tells peace activists
"Get over it!" That there will be no peace no matter who is
That America is united to overrun and ravish the whole world, simply
there is no one to stop it. This is the America that was venerated
admired all over the world. This is what America became when there
no other power to keep it honest. It became dishonest - and a killer
- People overseas make a mistake when the say
nothing against the American people, that it is simply the American
they loathe and fear. It is the American people who have permitted
to happen, and they who bear the blame and will reap the whirlwind
- Once, America set an example for the world
representative government and take care of its less fortunate.
is still setting an example for the world, an example that democracy
a hoax, and that all we can expect for our children's futures is a
abyss of endless war based on phony pretenses.
- The thing that made the episodes with Nazi
Soviet Union have happy endings was that there was somebody to fight
freedom ready to rescue those oppressed by military tyranny from a
- But now, who is ready to defend the freedom
in Afghanistan, or in Iraq, or in Macedonia, Serbia, the
Venezuela, Argentina, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Nicaragua,
Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala ... or Palestine?
- Who is ready to defend freedom now that the
have declared freedom incompatible with security?
- But these things tend to even out over
time. Rome wasn't
built in a day and it took centuries to fall apart, but eventually
picked apart by jackals and sycophantic traitors from within.
- The world will yet have the last laugh on
its own leaders have finished picking the bones of its financially
- Because Americans have given up defending
around the world, the day will soon arrive (sooner than they think)
they will have to defend their own freedom against the very monster
have created by their own selfish indifference. The corporate beast
consumes freedom around the world will one day soon turn its gaping
on America itself, and the Americans, who have decided to forget how
defend true freedom around the world, will necessarily have
to defend their own.
- Once upon a time, when I was a little
shaver and the
president was some guy named Ike, I was told that America was the
nation in the world because it was a champion of freedom and
rescued the oppressed whenever people were in trouble.
- So ... were they lying then and telling the
or telling the truth then and lying now?
- And when the rest of the world comes
calling to rectify
this murderous tyranny and worldwide oppression that America now
what will you say to them when they aim their guns at you? That you
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