John Pilger’s latest essay, a must read for all, is a sweeping review that looks at the “common thread” of US action: fascistic mass murder. Pilger also highlights the reasons behind the slaughter, detailing the monetary and power-gains made by the controllers, including up through today in Ukraine, where the US war-machine has forced through a Nazi-integrated junta and installed US industrial and financial goons to enforce and exploit cheap labor and resource extraction on Russia’s border, a precursor, Pilger explains, to the desired conquest and breakup of Russia.
The essay covers the US/Euro aggressive slaughter of Libya and Obama’s seizure of $30 billion that was going to be used to strengthen Africa by establishing an African Central Bank.
It surveys the US destruction of Yugoslavia, done for similar reasons, and of Afghanistan, noting that before the US and Pakistan unleashed the Mujaheddin on that country, supplying the jihadists with all forms of aid including hundreds of millions of dollars:
“Every girl,” recalled Saira Noorani, a female surgeon,
“could go to high school and university. We could go where we wanted and wear what we liked. We used to go to cafes and the cinema to see the latest Indian film on a Friday and listen to the latest music. It all started to go wrong when the mujaheddin started winning. They used to kill teachers and burn schools. We were terrified…”
Pilger ties everything back to the thread of American fascism, noting, for example,
Uniting fascism old and new is the cult of superiority. “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fibre of my being,” said Obama, evoking declarations of national fetishism from the 1930s.
Today, the world’s greatest single campaign of terror entails the execution of entire families, guests at weddings, mourners at funerals. These are Obama’s victims.
His execution weapon is the Hellfire missile carried by a pilotless aircraft known as a drone; these roast their victims and festoon the area with their remains. Each “hit” is registered on a faraway console screen as a “bugsplat”.
Pilger also explains how US/Western mass media is an integral part of the tapestry of fascism:
…cinema audiences are invited to wring their hands at the “tragedy” of American psychopaths having to kill people in distant places — just as the President himself kills them. The embodiment of Hollywood’s violence, the actor and director Clint Eastwood, was nominated for an Oscar this year for his movie, American Sniper, which is about a licensed murderer and nutcase. The New York Times described it as a “patriotic, pro-family picture which broke all attendance records in its opening days”.
The intensity of the smear campaign against Russia and the portrayal of its president as a pantomime villain is unlike anything I have known as a reporter. Robert Parry, one of America’s most distinguished investigative journalists, who revealed the Iran-Contra scandal, wrote recently,
“No European government, since Adolf Hitler’s Germany, has seen fit to dispatch Nazi storm troopers to wage war on a domestic population, but the Kiev regime has and has done so knowingly. Yet across the West’s media/political spectrum, there has been a studious effort to cover up this reality even to the point of ignoring facts that have been well established ….If you wonder how the world could stumble into world war three – much as it did into world war one a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness over Ukraine that has proved impervious to facts or reason.”
In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media:
“The use made by Nazi conspirators of psychological warfare is well known. Before each major aggression, with some few exceptions based on expediency, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack …. In the propaganda system of the Hitler State it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”
Read Pilger’s essay for many more details (such as how ISIS is the product of US action much like the Khmer Rouge) and his conclusions, based on decades of journalistic field experience and research, about how we should respond.