Who Will Stand Up to America and
by Paul Craig Roberts
May 28, 2009
North Korea is a small place. China alone
could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet the president of the
U.S. thinks that nothing less than the entire world is a match
for North Korea.
We are witnessing the Washington gangsters
construct yet another threat like Slobodan Milosevic, Osama bin
Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Walker Lindh, Yaser Hamdi, José
Padilla, Sami al-Arian, Hamas, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the hapless
detainees demonized by former secretary of defense Rumsfeld as
"the 700 most dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,"
who were tortured for six years at Gitmo only to be quietly released.
Just another mistake, sorry.
The military/security complex that rules
America, together with the Israel Lobby and the banksters, needs
a long list of dangerous enemies to keep the taxpayers' money
flowing into its coffers.
The Homeland Security lobby is dependent
on endless threats to convince Americans that they must forgo
civil liberty in order to be safe and secure.
The real question: who is going to stand
up to the American and Israeli governments?
Who is going to protect Americans' and
Israelis' civil liberties, especially those of Israeli dissenters
and Israel's Arab citizens?
Who is going to protect Palestinians,
Iraqis, Afghans, Lebanese, Iranians, and Syrians from Americans
Not Obama, and not the right-wing brownshirts
who today rule Israel.
Obama's notion that it takes the entire
world to stand up to North Korea is mind-boggling, but this mind-boggling
idea pales in comparison to Obama's guarantee that America will
protect "the peace and security of the world."
Is this the same America that bombed Serbia,
including Chinese diplomatic offices and civilian passenger trains,
and pried Kosovo loose from Serbia and gave it to a gang of Muslim
drug lords, lending them NATO troops to protect their operation?
Is this the same America that is responsible
for approximately 1 million dead Iraqis, leaving orphans and widows
everywhere and making refugees out of one-fifth of the Iraqi population?
Is this the same America that blocked
the rest of the world from condemning Israel for its murderous
attack on Lebanese civilians in 2006 and on Gazans most recently,
the same America that has covered up for Israel's theft of Palestine
over the past 60 years, a theft that has produced 4 million Palestinian
refugees driven by Israeli violence and terror from their homes
Is this the same America that is conducting
military exercises in former constituent parts of Russia and ringing
Russia with missile bases?
Is this the same America that has bombed
Afghanistan into rubble with massive civilian casualties?
Is this the same America that has started
a horrific new war in Pakistan, a war that in its first few days
has produced 1 million refugees?
"The peace and security of the world"?
On his return from his consultation with
Obama in Washington, the brownshirted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu declared that it was Israel's responsibility to "eliminate"
the "nuclear threat" from Iran.
What nuclear threat? The U.S. intelligence
agencies are unanimous in their conclusion that Iran has had no
nuclear weapons program since 2003. The inspectors of the International
Atomic Energy Agency report that there is no sign of a nuclear
weapons program in Iran.
Whom is Iran bombing? How many refugees
is Iran sending fleeing for their lives?
Whom is North Korea bombing?
The two great murderous, refugee-producing
countries are the U.S. and Israel. Between them, they have murdered
and dislocated millions of people who were a threat to no one.
No countries on earth rival the U.S. and
Israel for barbaric, murderous violence.
But Obama gives assurances that the U.S.
will protect "the peace and security of the world."
And the brownshirt Netanyahu assures the world that Israel will
save it from the "Iranian threat."
Where is the media?
Why aren't people laughing their heads