Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Corporations and You: Empathy for the Wrong Entity

"Sometimes I think it should be a rule of war that you have to see somebody up close and get to know him before you can shoot him."
-Colonel Potter, M*A*S*H, T.V Show

Today on the Morning Joe show on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough speculated that tonight's speech by Barack Obama about the war in Iraq would be the least watched speech of his Presidency. Scarborough postulated that the economy was the first thing on the minds of Americans and not the 7-year old war started by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush. America, according to Scarborough, had forgotten about Iraq. Sadly, he was probably right. Even though over 4,100 Americans have perished while over 31,000 American soldiers sustained injuries, Americans are more interested in Manny Ramirez switching teams than they are about their freedom being disallowed. Many Americans probably watched the Emmys on Sunday and thought it was great when Tom Hanks promised to "save the world" with Steven Speilberg as they stand next to the faucet of money that pours out from the Federal Reserve to Big Hollywood for each blockbuster movie glorifying war.

However, for those Americans concerned about their freedom and unaware of how corporatism works, the time has passed when one could hope to ignore what is being said and what actions are being applied in foreign policy. Americans ought to pay attention to what happens in the wars being waged in Iraq in Afghanistan because that form of nation-building is coming to America. After experimenting with the technology of Afghan civilians, Colorado police will begin biometrically identifying their citizens- the first American state to do so. With the diminishing police forces around the country being cut because of diminishing wages due to the IMF's austerity measures, government protection services have been and will be farmed out (see here, here, here, here, here, here). Oakland, California recently told residents they were no longer answering 911 calls. If something happened, OPD's advice was to email the Department.

Few Americans recall the details of the Siege of Fallujah in the spring of 2004. After a year of occupation, tensions finally overwhelmed the indigenous population. Four mercenaries from Blackwater Security were burned alive inside their vehicle, dragged through the town, and hung from the one of the town's two bridges. The response by the American military was ferocious in defense of these private contractors who had been paid to go into a foreign land and subjugate its people. Though American military officials insisted the siege was not retribution, it sure seemed so, as AC130 gunships were called in to devastate the area with heavy machine gun fire. Marines indiscriminately ravaged the town killing as many women and children as fighters. Today, doctors in Fallujah are seeing a frightening number of birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. After the U.S. assault, there has been a four-fold increase in the amount of cancer cases.

"War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is unclear what other corporations the U.S. military is willing to defend with their awesome might. The two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a boon to private military contractors. Earnings from mercenary work is near $100 billion. As the economy of The United States crumbles the homeland will suffer. Soon, Chicago's Mayor Daley will make a trip to China and Korea to try and sell off more infrastructure and assets to the Asian countries. After years of running up the city's debt with worthless money-pit projects like Millennium Park, the Chinese will be able to pick up revenue installations at rock bottom prices. When the Chinese or some other private foreign entity tries to enforce financial oppression upon a depressed America will the U.S. military defend the private contractors supporting foreign economic will over the people who live there?

That is what is happening in Iraq now. Though Obama is going to announce the end of combat operations while 50,000 U.S. troops remain, private contractors in Iraq will double in order to protect the corrupt Iraqi government officials who are mere puppet's of the global banking system. Obviously they need to protect these officials from IRAQI PATRIOTS who are upset at the continual manipulation of their land by foreign interests.

Americans' lack of empathy is unbelievable. Somehow they cannot seem to see the similarities between themselves and the Iraqis. Maybe it is because the Iraqis dress different, but probably it is because Americans are unwilling to accept the terrible things their military has done on the basis of lie after lie. All too often, Americans have a false sense of their status in the world. Even Americans who enjoy great wealth today will not be included in the elite's plan for a New World Order.

"Sometime, they'll give a war, and nobody will come."
-Carl Sandburg

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