By Stephen Lendman March 30, 2014 Subject: Police State None in human history compare to America. It’s by far the most lawless. It’s the world’s most egregious civil and human rights abuser. It’s done more harm to more people for longer than any combination of other nations. None match its ruthlessness. It’s genocidal legacy is longstanding. It began in pre-colonial days. Expanding America from sea to shining sea claimed tens of millions of lives. Mass extermination became policy. Centuries of slaughter reduced America’s indigenous population to a tiny fraction of its original numbers. Ward Churchill’s chilling quote bears repeating. He minced no words, saying: Millions were “hacked apart with axes and swords, burned alive and trampled under horses, hunted as game and fed to dogs, shot, beaten, stabbed, scalped for bounty, hanged on meathooks and thrown over the sides of ships at sea, worked to death as slave laborers, intentionally starved and frozen to death during a multitude of forced marches and internments, and, in an unknown number of instances, deliberately infected with epidemic diseases.” Five centuries of slavery were horrific. Black Africans were captured, branded, chained, force-marched, beaten, encaged, and stripped of their humanity. Around 100 million were sold like cattle. Millions perished during the Middle Passage. Imagine packing human beings like cargo. Imagine them under deplorable conditions. Imagine them in coffin-sized spaces. Imagine practically one atop others in extreme discomfort. Imagine poor ventilation, dysentery, smallpox, ophthalmia, and other epidemic-level diseases. Imagine dark, filthy, slimy, bloody, vomity conditions below deck. Imagine it filled with human excrement. Imagine women beaten and raped. Imagine claustrophobia driving some victims insane. Imagine floggings and clubbings to death. Imagine anyone thought diseased dumped overboard like garbage. Imagine 50 million or more lost lives. Imagine slave traders calling it a cost of doing business. Genocidal US policy continues in new forms. Mass murder proceeds efficiently. Technological advances facilitate it. America’s killing machine knows no limits. One genocide follows others. Countries are ravaged and destroyed. Neither world war should have been waged. Tens of millions died needlessly. Making the world safe for democracy is a convenient illusion. America tolerates it nowhere. Achieving unchallenged raw power drives US policy. Mass slaughtering human beings doesn’t matter. Imperial Japan was defeated many months before WW II ended. In February and March 1945, Tokyo was gratuitously firebombed twice. So were many other Japanese cities. Hundreds of thousands of civilians perished. Millions were left homeless. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were two of history’s great crimes. Imaging incinerating civilians gratuitously. Imagine horrific radiation poisoning. Imagine disfigurations and birth defects. Imagine the effects of what happened still being felt. Imagine no apologies for generations of crimes. Imagine turning North Korea into rubble. Imagine running out of targets to bomb. Imagine an uneasy armistice persisting. Imagine possible nuclear war erupting. Imagine East Asia caught in the fallout. Imagine crazed US policymakers bearing full responsibility. Imagine Washington’s unparalleled killing machine power. Imagine ruthlessness writ large. Imagine horrendous suffering beyond human comprehension. Imagine all humanity threatened. America’s post-WW II ravaging repeats with disturbing regularity. Southeast Asia was laid waste. Proxy wars killed millions worldwide. All US direct, indirect and supported wars have no rules. Laws of war are ignored. Rampaging goes unchecked. America was complicit in Rwandan massacres. Desert Storm was a well-planned criminal attack. Essential to life facilities were destroyed. Tens of thousands were gratuitously slaughtered. Twelve years of genocidal sanctions followed. Children under age five suffered most. Bush II killed millions more. Afghanistan remains America’s longest war. No end in sight looms. The cradle of civilization was destroyed. Free market plunder replaced it. Inside the bubble is paradise. Outside reflects dystopian hell. Balkan wars destroyed the former Yugoslavia. They culminated in US-led NATO terror-bombing Serbia/Kosovo. Thousands of sorties ravaged and destroyed them. Imagine considering schools, churches, hospitals and cultural landmarks strategic targets. Imagine a gratuitous humanitarian disaster. Imagine it against one nonthreatening country after another. Libya remains a cauldron of violence. No one is safe anywhere. Obama’s war on Syria continues. Iran’s turn awaits. Expect other targeted countries to be attacked. Expect no safe place to hide. Imagine the supreme crime of aggression. Imagine it ongoing in multiple theaters. Imagine America’s dirty handiwork. Imagine crimes too grim to ignore. Imagine genocide as official policy. Imagine new victims following earlier ones. Imagine dead bodies piling up. Imagine young boys and girls. Imagine the elderly, infirm and disabled. Imagine America bearing full responsibility for devastated landscapes. Imagine what desperately needs ending continued. Imagine humanity threatened. Imagine media scoundrels cheerleading what demands condemnation. Imagine supporting Israel’s killing machine. Imagine billions of annual aid dollars supporting it. Imagine ongoing subjugating talks called peace ones. Imagine longstanding occupation turning Palestine into a virtual open-air prison. Imagine being denied all rights. Imagine world leaders turning a blind eye. Imagine dying for many being their only escape. Imagine what no human being should tolerate being done to another. Imagine Washington and Israel partnering in each other’s crimes. Imagine both nations being lawless warrior states. Imagine them using weapons causing injuries, disfigurements and other effects never seen before. Imagine unparalleled barbarism. Imagine crimes against humanity without end. Imagine weapons able to end life on earth. Imagine possibly using them. Imagine hubris writ large threatening everyone. Imagine overreach risking armageddon. Washington’s Ukrainian agenda reflects its latest imperial adventurism. Protests didn’t erupt by chance. They were well-planned in advance. At issue is weakening and isolating Russia. It’s turning Kiev West, not East. It’s plundering its resources. It’s exploiting its people. It’s incorporating all former Soviet republics and Warsaw pact countries into NATO. It’s establishing US bases on Russia’s borders. It’s having nuclear-armed missiles targeting its heartland. Including Ukraine in NATO risks WW III. America, Israel and key EU partners comprise the real axis of evil. They’re out-of-control rogue states. Former French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau (1841 – 1929) once said “America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.” Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) said the same thing. He called patriotism “the virtue of the vicious.” George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) called democracy “a form of government that substitutes elections by the incompetent many for the appointment of the corrupt few.” Perhaps he had America in mind. Obama’s rap sheet reflects the worst of its policies. He’s in charge until January 2017. He’s got lots more warmaking in mind. He plans hardening America’s police state apparatus. He wants dissent silenced. He wants opposition crushed. He wants freedom destroyed. It hangs by a thread. So does world peace. Neocon infested Washington wages war on humanity. Obama risks extinguishing it altogether. Stopping him matters most. Resistance is crucial. It’s our only defense. Solidarity unites us. We’re all in this together. We’re on our own to survive. Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com. His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour Send Letter to Editor
It’s after reading articles like this that I would give all I own for the ability to write as clearly as Jefferson’s Voice, Stephen Lendman, Brandon Smith, Brandon Turbeville, and so many other great word smiths. Not to make money or fame, but to create a hole in the hearts of many readers and fill it with elucidations they would never forget. Please forgive my uneducated word fumbles as I try to explain the agony of discovering how complicit I have been in the past with this excruciatingly false patriotism that makes us convinced we were doing good by killing and other atrocities to our fellow human beings. Now that I know the real circumstances surrounding Americas’ wars, and how I, and so many others ate it up like feeding a starving man, my shame is an unbearable stench in my mind. What makes it even worse is there are still men I love like brothers should, who would reject me forever without even considering why I have changed, if they read this. Since I am not a silver tongued gymnast, I feel challenged to express my hatred of the people who created an education, and media industry that would turn normal human beings into brutal murders of other humans while glorying in a sense of rightist superiority. The past history of the United States of America is no doubt why there are so few interested in studying history. Once you learn the truth, it’s damn hard to look in a mirror. I pray my brothers will take the time to learn why I can no longer praise my country. All it took was a hand full of genius Bankers, and we became stupid brain washed monsters. At this point in our history, we must redeem our selves by sending these Bankers and their elite lackeys to an agonizing extermination. We must never again let our country become A Nation Beguiled. This is not a denial of responsibility for our atrocities, but an acknowledgement of how we were made to feel justified by being loyal to a piece of cloth. Being free from government tyranny (the Bankers Pawns) means being constantly informed and alert to subversive politicians as they attempt to follow orders from above. Never think for a moment that we are choosing the lesser of two evils, as elections are the most polluted of all their tools. The statist mentality is an admission of being totally uninformed. Only weak minded people need leaders, as the laws of nature are imprinted on an informed mind. Never believe you need a collage degree to know right from wrong. It’s written on your heart. If we continue to believe the lies of the politicians we will be eliminated.