Mitt Romney’s upset

Because “all that we’ve fought for” in Iraq is about to vanish.

But Jim Wright (no relation) is a little upset himself. He says he fought in Iraq, and he’s angry at people like Mitt (not to mention such lovelies as Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle) and Clueless George who sent him and others over there on the basis of lies: that Saddam was responsible for 9/11, and then the Weapons of Mass Destruction which didn’t exist, and then the great project to bring peace and prosperity to Iraq by killing people and blowing things up. He also points out that people like Mitt and Wolfowitz etc. didn’t actually do any fighting, and neither did any of their family members. So “we” isn’t exactly the correct term.

Wright’s an angry man, and his rant is a bit intemperate, but he’s got a serious point. It’s too bad he wasn’t wise to the lies of politicians before he joined up.

Another serious point is one made by Iraq’s ruling Shiite al Maliki regime, which helped bring on the burgeoning disaster by enthusiastically persecuting Iraq’s Sunni minority. Al Maliki is being urged by the Empire to “reach out” to the Sunnis now that they’re apparently about to overthrow him.

However, al Maliki has, probably correctly, decided that such an effort would be a waste of time at this point, and is doubling down on his disgusting treatment of the Sunnis. At the same time he’s accusing the Saudi Arabian regime of subsidizing terrorism, which it almost certainly does.

In fact, the Saudis have been behind the growth of modern Islamic militarism from the start. They have subsidized schools all over the Muslim world that teach their militant fundamentalist Islamic creed, Wahhabism, and given money and training to all sorts of crazy Sunni insurgent groups. The 9/11 terrorists were mostly Saudis.

And yet, the United State has never threatened the Saudis with invasion or bombing. It’s never even publicly denouced the Saudi regime for fomenting violence and terrorism. No, the Saudi regime, surely one of the most corrupt and depraved on earth is, in fact, a valued friend of the Empire.

Which is a little odd, if you accept the notion that all the U.S. invasions, bombings, economic blockades that kill thousands of little children, occupations, drone strikes, etc., are about stopping terrorism and spreading democracy. Could it be there’s another reason?

Iraq implodes

Remember the “Surge?” That was in 2007, when then-Emperor Bush committed 20,000 additional troops to Iraq to quell rising violence. That violence was the result of the Empire’s invasion, which had destroyed the uneasy peace Saddam Hussein’s regime had imposed on the various mutually hostile ethnic factions: Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites, etc. Saddam had quelled disputes through a combination of networking allies, balancing factions against each other, and good old surveillance and terror. When he went, the old hatreds and grudges sprang forth again full-blown.

At home we were told by the Ministry of Truth, otherwise known as the Mainstream Media, that the Surge, in combination with the so-called “Sunni Awakening,” had cleaned out the bad guys, paving the way for peace and harmony. In fact, the Sunni Awakening was built on bribing Sunni warlords with U.S. dollars to leave Imperial Storm Troopers alone and fight the warlords who wouldn’t take bribes. When the Storm Troopers and their dollars went away, the warlords started acting up again. Meanwhile, the Shia-controlled al Maliki regime was going out of its way to make life difficult for the Sunni minority. This led to bad feelings and more support for warlords and terrorists among the Sunni population.

All this was disastrous for what was once the most prosperous and advanced Arab country in the world. A country that once had decent health care by Third World standards, good water supplies and sanitation, and a rising standard of living, saw them all all shattered by U.S. economic sanctions, bombs, and bullets, and then the civil unrest that inevitably followed. Iraq is effectively destroyed as a country. Its subjects live in squalor, disease, and violence; their relative prosperity now but a bitter memory.

Meanwhile, because the War on the Iraqis was such a success, the Empire has moved on to helping other benighted peoples. It sponsored the overthrow of the disgusting Muammar Gaddaffi, which also, surprisingly enough, resulted in the breakdown of civil society in Libya, destruction of the standard of living, rising violence, and other benefits. Like the Iraqi regime, the new Libyan regime is not really very friendly to the U.S. And the unrest has liberated many of Gaddaffi’s weapons and put out of work the mercenaries who worked for him. Many of those were from Mali, one of the most backward, dirt-poor countries on the face of the Earth. With nothing to do in Libya, they returned home and started a civil war there.

The Libyan repercussions apparently reached as far as Nigeria, where the terrorist group Boko Haram has provided comfortable upper-middle-class feminists with a welcome excuse for self-righteous indignation by kidnapping a bunch of schoolgirls. That kidnapping is just one among many atrocities, some of which are much worse but somehow don’t seem to get as much publicity. What also doesn’t get much publicity is the fact that Boko Haram’s weapons seem to have come from Libya.

All of which brings us to our Emperor’s latest little adventure, the ongoing disaster in Syria. Just as the U.S. provoked the overthrow of Gaddaffi, so it is interfering in Syria, working to overthrow the regime there, which is controlled by adherents of a quasi-Shiite sect called the Alawites. The result is the usual violence, destruction, death, and misery inflicted mostly on innocent civilian non-combatants. But, interestingly enough, the violence and destruction has spilled into Iraq, bringing us full circle. The vicious Sunni killers the U.S. is aiding in Syria are apparently big pals with the vicious Sunni killers now throwing Iraq into chaos. It would seem that some of the weapons and other aid the U.S. is giving the Syrian rebels are now being used to fight the Iraqi regime that the U.S. installed. The result seems to be shaping up to an all-out civil war, as the rebels are growing stronger and now have access to heavy weapons, including tanks. Increasingly, the al Maliki regime is starting to look like the South Vietnamese regime in the 1970s. And it stands as much chance of getting any real help from the U.S.

As I’ve said before, the only thing that’s as dangerous as being an enemy of the United State is being its friend.

Netanyahu Insults Pope. Twice.

The rulers of Israel are some of the most arrogant and ruthless on the planet, which is saying something.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who for years has presided over the gradual dispossession and retail genocide of the Palestinians — many of whom are Catholic — went out of his way to insult Vice Emperor Biden a few years ago. It is official United State policy to oppose Israeli illegal settlements on land belonging to the Palestinians. The Israeli state openly flouts the US position, but Netanyahu went out of his way to announce new settlements during a visit by Biden, effectively giving him — and by extension, Obama — the finger.

Now Netanyahu has tried to humiliate Pope Francis, who is visiting the Holy Land, and who is concerned about the way Palestinian members of his flock, as well as Muslims, are treated with murderous contempt by the vicious Israeli state.

It’s truly bizarre that a tiny little state like Israel can behave in such an obnoxiously belligerent fashion both to the leader of the greatest religious institution in the world, and to the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, without apparent fear of repercussions. The rulers of any other state that size would never dare do such things. That such things can happen, and go unremarked upon here, is an illustration of the power of the Israel lobby in America, and the cowardice and corruption of opinion makers.

Moto-jingoism swamps the Imperial capital

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Today, as on every Memorial Day weekend, Washington City is awash with hordes of biker dudes, wrapping themselves in the flag, blasting around on unmuffled machines, and generally being a nuisance. They are here as part of “Rolling Thunder,” an event that is supposedly in support of American missing prisoners of the War Against the Vietnamese. In fact, however, they are doing nothing to expose the betrayal of hundreds of those prisoners of war, who were left to rot and die because of the cowardice of Richard Nixon and his henchman Henry Kissinger.

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It’s beyond ironic that these people, who are supposedly concerned about the fate of the missing men, are participating in an event that is organized with the help of the establishment that continues to cover up the truth about their fate, even gathering at the Pentagon, which has actively stonewalled all attempts to explore the issue.

As I point out in my article “Rolling Flatulence” of several years ago, “Rolling Thunder” is a an officially-sanctioned circus that covers up the real truth about POW-MIAs. It propagates the jingoistic attitudes that help make war such a profitable enterprise for our rulers, and such a horrific burden on the rest of us.

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The Joys of Multiculturalism

In a previous post I commented on the problems caused in Britain by the small colonies of Pakistanis there, some of whom act on their religious beliefs that it’s morally acceptable to rape women and especially underage girls.

Another example of such attitudes that may not be completely compatible with Western ideals is a Pakistani immigrant in Brooklyn who beat his wife to death because she talked back to him and cooked him some food he didn’t like.

The man’s lawyer says he shouldn’t be convicted of murder because “He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife.” So that’s all right, then.

Maybe we should be thinking about whether we want to encourage more people from such a culture to live here. It’s just a thought.

Meet Mr. Poo!

Mr. PooPublic defecation is a huge problem in India, so there’s now a campaign, like an anti-litter campaign here, to discourage it. It uses an anthropomorphic turd. I’m not kidding.

This story is terrifying. It says that only half the population of the country uses toilets, and 44 percent of mothers dispose of their children’s feces in the open. But that’s not the scary part.

This is the scary part:

This campaign is promoted in television spots, and also on smart phone apps!

Think about that. Apparently many of the same people who think nothing about squatting and doing their business in public places have TVs and smart phones!

This illustrates the fact that Indian society is quite a bit different than ours. I remember reading about the founding of the Indian state. A Western reporter was covering a meeting of the Indian Congress, which later became the Congress Party. He noted that the meeting area, which was outside, was littered with feces, which had been left by the supposedly well-educated participants. He remarked on this to one of the Congress members, who shrugged and pointed out that it was not up to members of his caste to clean up turds.

Then there was the revelation that Morarji Desai, the Prime Minister of India from 1997 to ’99, started every morning with a refreshing drink of his own urine — which apparently is not uncommon — and recommended washing your eyes with it to prevent cataracts. The urine and feces of sacred cows is sold in India for medicinal purposes.

Of course, we’re talking about Hindus here, and India has many other religions, including Jainism, in which believers end their lives by deciding to “live on air,” and Islam. Muslims from the Indian subcontinent have colonized Britain, and it seems to have led to some problems. Pakistanis, who make up only 4 percent of the the population, are responsible for 91 percent of rapes, many against underage girls, which has led to some hard feelings. Apparently the Islamic teaching that the rape of infidels is actually a good thing clashes with traditional British beliefs.

The point is this: people who come from other countries don’t just look different. They often view the world in fundamentally different ways. And sometimes that means that having a lot of them in our country may have some undesirable effects. I understand that to say such a thing is considered evil by the people who decide what is good and bad, but there you are.

Home schooled? You’re fired!

A company named NiSource rescinded its hiring of somebody because they discovered he had been home schooled.

Ostensibly the reason is that his high-school diploma is considered invalid. That’s because the state of Ohio does not recognize diplomas earned by home schooled kids. It’s a nice little Catch-22, especially because home schooled kids tend to be far better educated than those who’ve gone through the public child prison system.

It’s an example of the ways the “private sector” and the state collude against people who stray off the reservation. Home schooling is viewed as a threat by our rulers because it protects kids from the state schools’ relentless indoctrination in being good little docile “citizens,” with no capacity for critical thinking. As a result of this little action parents will be forced to consider whether they want their children to have their economic prospects crippled for life if they home school them.

This is the way Polite Totalitarianism works. Nobody goes to jail; the state doesn’t have to actively threaten anyone. But you wind up getting penalized for resisting the state just the same.

It’s interesting to note that NiSource is in the energy distribution business, which is heavily state regulated and often makes use of the “eminent domain” principle to dispossess people of their property with the help of the state. The company also recently received an “ethics” award, and its website boasts about its policies supporting “sustainability,” “inclusion and diversity,” and other modern-day politically-correct shibboleths. Maybe this guy is lucky he didn’t get the job, after all.

Cops arrest nine-year-old

And increasingly common sight in our supposedly free society
An increasingly common sight in our supposedly free society

Cops in Portland, Oregon, arrested a nine-year-old girl, handcuffed her, and put her in a jail — for getting in a fight.

This isn’t the first time, by any means, that we’ve seen this kind of brutality. It’s happening more and more, all over the country, even to kindergartners.

What can we say about a society in which this kind of thing is allowed to happen, and, for the most part, accepted? This is indeed Bizarro World.