The bulk of peoples targeted in vicious US economic wars are outside the Eurocentric spheres and overwhelming people of color.
“Blanket sanctions that deny the helpless basic essentials will soon yield consequences of devastating proportions.”
America’s unflagging global gunboat crusade of foisting democracy and human rightsto the uninitiated begins with a barrage of propaganda under the auspices of the MSM, whose actions have long ceased to honor their calling of holding power to account. Instead, they have now assumed the burden of steadily eroding democracy, subtly falsifying facts, or lending them luster to benumb an already stupefied public. Journalistic outputs are no more than flip sides of official narrative and lie coins. To languid and credulous minds, fictitious symbolisms and exceptionalist good news may be just what the doctor ordered.
Nothing will veer the public away from their cell phones, gadgets and football games, or make them pay attention to the war crimes and crimes against humanity that are committed in their name. A critical and reflective citizenry might see their rulers for what they are: merciless plutocrats and incorrigible war criminals.
The seductions of phantom Russian conspiracies provide perfect fodder for the brain dead. The display of maimed, battered, crippled, bleeding and mutilated bodies of innocent men, women and children on screens that are intended to amuse and distract will not be permitted to ruin the calm of middle class White America.
“Russian conspiracies provide perfect fodder for the brain dead.”
Increasing fatalities among children, especially in the Middle East, now shadow the normalizing of wanton societal destruction caused by vicious wars waged by America and her allies. The brutality and barbarity of America’s illegal wars require astonishing leaps of faith to assuage the consciences of the perpetrators along with the managers of war and a programmed public. Assuming they have any scruples or empathy left.
Until the first Iraq war, of the twin prongs of the American war machine, the military but not the economic one has been the preferred object of focus and prominence. The drama associated with the high tech that has become a source of infantile excitement for fuddled Americans can be depicted with greater facility with selected images of plumes of smoke rising and cross hairs from jet planes on bombing runs unleashing their payloads from thousands of feet in space. All such images dismiss their anonymous, faceless, nameless victims to enhance the entertainment value of death and destruction in distant lands. The children of Gaza, routinely and intentionally murdered by Israeli snipersscarcely appear on screens or headlines created by those in lockstep with their murderous allies. Equally buried are the criminals perched thousands of feet in the air, or the keyboard warriors directing drone attacks from the safety of their sheltered offices in the US, on unsuspecting innocents while indulging themselves until awarded some medal for “gallantry.”
“The drama associated with the high tech has become a source of infantile excitement for fuddled Americans.”
Yet the global reach of the weaponized economic prong is no less devastating:
“The purpose of a military conquest is to take control of foreign economies, to take control of their land and impose tribute. The genius of the World Bank was to recognize that it’s not necessary to occupy a country in order to impose tribute, or to take over its industry, agriculture and land. Instead of bullets, it uses financial maneuvering. As long as other countries play an artificial economic game that U.S. diplomacy can control, finance is able to achieve today what used to require bombing and loss of life by soldiers.” -- Michael Hudson.
So much for the imperial motives described by Mr. Hudson. What is sorely missing --- detached from economics, is the actual force driving the choice of victims: xenophobia and barefaced racism. It is noteworthy that the bulk of peoples targeted in these vicious economic wars are outside the Eurocentric spheres in the North and South; an overwhelming majority are people of color. This weapon has long been used to recolonize countries by increasing their dependencyon the US financial institutions from which they would never extricate themselves. No more colonial officers in pith helmets ordering around and overseeing their vanquished subjects. All could be accomplished with the stroke of a pen in Washington.
Weaponized economic measures are now fully integrated in the imperial military war effort. Long before the bombs and missiles rain on target countries, the most vulnerable -- children and the elderly -- comprise the first line of devastated victimsof the economic warfare. During the first Iraq (1990-91) war, the UNwas coerced into sponsoring such criminal sanctions leading to fatalities of infants exceeding half a million. Humanitarian interventionsoon became the new buzzword for unprovoked wars of aggression, a phenomenon that barely characterizes the brutality visited on disenfranchised citizens at home and anonymous peoplesrobbed of their identity and humanity. The infamous lieof the presence of WMD in Iraq could not gain the support of the “international community” and the UN has since been sidelined in the latest round of brutal sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, that will likely have even more devastating effects on children than the Iraq war bearing in mind Iran is more than twice (81 m) the population of Iraq (37 m). Wholesale starvationof Venezuelans and Iraniansaccompany the sanctions now openly used as a tool for regime change, with an eye on the prize: oil and natural gas. UN approval is no longer necessary, for whatever that was worth. Clearly the most vulnerable are children, the sick and the elderly. But these vulnerable folks are theirs, not ours.
“Brutal sanctions against Iran and Venezuela will likely have even more devastating effects on children than the Iraq war.”
Blanket sanctions that deny the helpless basic essentials -- nutrition and medicines -- will soon yield consequences of devastating proportions. The criminals managing these war games know exactly the expected outcomes of their heinous crimes. These are acts of willful malevolence carefully planned and premeditated. Murder of the sick has transitioned from Nazi-style medical experiments at Tuskegee(1932-1972) conducted on African American sharecroppers, some of whom had syphilis, to mass killing by weaponized economics. This criminal act was conducted to “…track the disease’s full progression, researchers provided no effective care as the men died, went blind or insane or experienced other severe health problems due to their untreated syphilis.” The experiments were conducted by physiciansas instructed by Public Health Services (PHS). Hippocratic oaths, not unlike the Declaration of Independence’s “All Men are Created Equal” excluded African Americans. Obviously.
An identical experimentwas conducted in Guatemala. In neither “study” was informed consent of experimental subjects sought. These experiments are cited here to highlight 3 facts: 1) subjects were kept in the dark of the procedures, 2) the unethical nature of these cruel and Nazi-style experiments did not result in any indictments of those responsible and 3) when effective treatments against syphilis became available, they were intentionally withheld. A country that can murder its own citizens and those of another country in medical experiments cannot have any qualms about murdering the vulnerable in foreign lands using weaponized sanctions. The consciences of the perpetrators will remain unperturbed because no bullet was fired in accomplishing these wicked objectives and the suffering of the victims of sanctions hidden from view.
“The consciences of the perpetrators will remain unperturbed because no bullet was fired.”
Closer to home, children of asylum seekers from Latin America have died in Border Patrol custody. Meanwhile, border patrol agents form a members-only club on FB, (and yes, the same FB that banned Louis Farrakhan) attempted to delete racist and obscene Facebook postsdirected at immigrants and lawmakers. Child deaths resulting from sanctions are a fact of lifein Venezuela. A familiar refrain on child fatalities in Yemenare led by the head-chopping monarchy of Saudi Arabia given military hardware and logistical support by the Trump administration. At the time of writing, sanctions are denying 80,000 HIV+Venezuelans access to life-saving medicines. Murder of genocidal proportions is in the making, in this case led by a recycled war criminal, Elliot Abrams, the embezzlement of fundsintended for “humanitarian aid” by the American puppet Guaido notwithstanding. The choice of overseas puppets by successive American administrations seems to select for tyrants, head choppers, robbers or traitors.
Lying and racism -- two of America’s triple addictions-- will continue to fuel the perpetual wars, whose victims running in the millions will continue to be ignored by the MSM, America’s “free press” and one that is in lockstep with government narratives, with blood stained hands just like their corporate sponsors and administration war criminals.
Kweli Nzito, Ph.D. is a retired scientist now living in Thailand.
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